Inspiring kids to take charge of their health and make smart decisions about drugs, Life Education is a much-loved community-based education program that delivers a powerful message to school students.
In the Northern Territory, around 6,800 students each year take part in the Life Education program, visiting the mobile Life Ed van and engaging with the lovable mascot Harold the giraffe.
During the program, specialist educators present fun and informative learning activities that help students to develop the knowledge and skills to identify risks and make informed decisions, as well as promoting healthy, nutritious and active lifestyles.
Loved by kids and teachers alike
Life Ed sessions are age-specific, and are accompanied by written and electronic resources to support both both students and teachers in the delivery of ongoing drug education in the classroom. In 2006, 98 per cent of teachers recommended their school re-book the Life Education program.
“I like the choices and units available and find that it is scaffolded throughout the year levels and brings a focus to what we are teaching and learning,” says Melanie Bolwell, deputy principal of St Francis of Assisi Primary School. “Once we know what the topic is from Life Education, we go from there. We value the program and the presenter.”
“We really like Healthy Harold, the Mobile Learning Centre, learning about a healthy life and body and playing games on the website,” a student adds. “We love Harold’s caravan. He’s fun to play with and we like playing his games – he’s funny and really nice. He teaches people not to touch drugs, and about drinking responsibly.
“Harold’s messages are: be careful around drugs, always eat healthy, be safe, be healthy, look after yourself, be responsible and live a healthy life, don’t smoke, don’t get drunk, do lots of healthy stuff.”
Medibank Community Grants
The Medibank Community Fund Community Grants program operates in each Australian State and across New Zealand. It supports grassroots community programs that perform important roles in their local regions to encourage better health and wellbeing.
This year, 42 projects in Australia and New Zealand have been announced as the worthy recipients of 2014 Medibank Community Fund Community Grants.