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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
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Workshops/Incursion where we come to you and run activities for your class
Whether we are children or adults, we seem to have a tendency to compare our position in society with that of our neighbours. In every society, whether wealthy or poor, jealousy appears to be a constant feature, even when social inequality is relatively minimal.
Living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, defining our norms through comparing and competing with those in close proximity to us can cause us to lose perspective.
Australia is a wealthy country surrounded by poor neighbours. Our neighbours’ poverty is a lack of moral choices; they must choose between food or education, education or medication, medication or housing. Their choices are very different to ours – and so is their perspective.
What if rather than comparing ourselves with those in our immediate vicinity, we compared ourselves with our global neighbours? ‘Just Like Me?’ is a program run by International Needs Australia that aims to give primary school aged students a global perspective.
Students participating in our ‘Just Like Me?’ program are offered a glimpse into what life is like in developing countries by experiencing various activities such as carrying water on their heads and sweeping with a broom made from sticks. Many students that I met were surprised that there are children their own age in the world who must stay at home doing chores rather than to go to school to learn.
We, as Australians, must reclaim our identity as a people who are generous, compassionate, and globally responsible. Educating our children about global inequality seems like a good place to start.
Just Like Me?