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Just Like Me
Just Like Me? aims to make primary school aged Australians aware of other cultures, the similarities and differences between themselves and their peers in impoverished countries, and to provide opportunities to fight against poverty and human rights abuses.
Challenge your students to live simply for Just One Day
6 topical videos which support the books or standalone
Including: Black-line Masters, lessons, colouring-in sheets, PowerPoint files and Book lists
Workshops/Incursion where we come to you and run activities for your class
When are Children old enough to start Developing an Understanding of Social Justice in a Global Context?
Over the past eighteen months, 50 primary schools in Melbourne have participated in the Just Like Me? program. Almost 7,000 students have engaged with stories about real children from some of the most impoverished communities in the world. The response from schools and students has been overwhelmingly positive. Students are given the opportunity to voice what they perceive to be the inequalities that exist.
International Needs Australia's schools liason officer Anita Mitchell says "teachers around the country have been given the mandate to ensure that all children have the skills and understanding to live and thrive in a globalised population. Current education practice argues that all teaching should be grounded in a broad global perspective. We are not teaching just our students: we are teaching them to think of themselves as a cog in a mighty big wheel, where each cog is an individual but also where each cog is important."
So, what can we teach our students to help them develop into these global citizens? And when can we teach it?
we are hoping to teach children to think outside the circle;to take their eyes off themselves;to consider others;to look and see. The content of our lessons needs to encourage children to understand the idea that all humans are created equal, all humans are special, so why should any one person have more than any other? Or, more importantly, why should certain groups have more than other groups? I believe that we need to encourage our students to acquire the skills to question the status quo, and to go against a status quo when that status quo is “unfair”.
To read this article in its entirety click here
Anita Mitchell is the Schools’Liaison Officer at International Needs Australia. A registered teacher with qualifications in primary school teaching and linguistics and with a decade-long involvement in aid and development, Anita brings considerable experience to her role. She co-ordinates and facilitates the workshop/incursion program for Just Like Me? Working in this capacity enables Anita to combine two of her passions: classroom teaching and the plight of children in poverty-stricken parts of the world. A recent study tour to Uganda has given Anita fresh insights and new understanding, which immediately translates into a new enthusiasm for her role. AnitaMitchell@internationalneeds.org.au
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Natasha Brown, 6/13/2016 9:49 PM
I was really interested to read the article about Anita, "when are children old enough to know about social justice?" however it seems to have been removed from the website. Is there anyway I could access it? I'm studying primary teaching & I have a keen interest in this topic. Thanks.
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