In 2016, International Needs Australia is launching a new campaign called Just One Day, designed by teachers for Australian primary schools. The program aims to encourage primary school students and their families to live simply for Just One Day by eating simple food, using water thoughtfully and turning off their screens.
Children will ask family and friends to support their efforts, which will raise money to help keep children in poor communities overseas in school.
Globally, 58 million children do not have access to basic primary school education.
According to UNICEF, half of all children out of primary school worldwide are from Sub-Saharan Africa, where 55% of those out of school are girls. In Sub-Saharan Africa, girls can expect as little as five years of schooling in total, and those who do not enrol into primary school by the age of 10, will most likely never attend a school in their lifetime.
Education is a vital element in sustainably reducing poverty. The UN estimates that 170 million people can be lifted out of poverty if all students in poorer countries had basic reading skills. When the underlying barriers to education are removed, it brings about positive changes in the community and nation as a whole.
Just One Day has been formulated in response to the question asked by many students and teachers after our Just like Me? Workshops: ‘What else can we do?’
Through this campaign, we are responding to the desire of students and teachers to do more, and through this new initiative, the students are now able to engage practically with what they have learnt in the classroom.
This campaign has been carefully designed to partner with our existing Just Like Me? program and to complement the Australian Geography Curriculum, Civics and Citizenship Curriculum, as well as the mandate to educate our children to become globally aware Australian citizens.
Learn more and sign up for the challenge at www.justoneday.org.au