In our complex and changing society, the mental health and wellbeing of our children shapes their success in life. Young people face an increasing number of issues which can seriously impact their wellbeing. Our Healthy Harold Programme works to support children through these challenges, teaching them tools and strategies, and inspiring and educating them to make positive choices.
It was the need to support children’s health and wellbeing that saw Life Education begin its work in New Zealand over 30 years ago. Today Life Education, is New Zealand’s largest health education provider in primary, intermediate and secondary schools. Every year we teach over 250,000 children how brilliant the human body is, about relationships and communities, and about resilience and their identities.
In Taranaki, our Educators visit schools around the province in our two mobile classrooms, along with our friend Harold the giraffe. We use a range of technology and resources to engage children’s imaginations, making lessons fun, engaging and memorable learning experiences. All of our specialist Educators are registered teachers, who offer schools a shared planning approach to create tailored lessons to ensure we meet individual children’s learning needs.
Each year, Life Education Taranaki needs to raise over $200,000 annually to deliver the programme throughout Taranaki, and we are very grateful indeed to have the opportunity to receive Shining Peak’s support on the 5% project during December.