About Life Education Heartland Otago Southland
Life Education are a nationwide educational charitable organisation, with 33 different regional trusts operating across the country. We are The Heartland Otago Southland Trust who operate through the "heartland" of Otago and Southland - Makarora to Milton, Glenorchy to Gore, Mosgiel and the Maniototo.
Using our mobile classroom, Harold the Giraffe, and our highly experienced Educator we visit schools across our region delivering The Healthy Harold programme. We support children to:
Develop life skills relating to their health and wellbeing
Understand how to make healthy choices
Gain knowledge about health and their bodies
Develop self esteem and a positive understanding of themselves
Develop strategies for relating to others
As a snapshot of the work that our Educator (Pip), and Harold, do in our region - last year the classroom visited 58 schools in our trust’s area. In round figures, our Educator delivered 1006 individualised lessons to 6841 children in that period. Over a two year period we reach 71 out of 78 primary and intermediate schools across our region - a phenomenal reach for a community organisation!
We have made an ongoing commitment to the community and have significantly increased our capacity in 2023, by purchasing a second mobile classroom, a second tractor unit, and employing a second educator. This will allow us the capacity to see an extra 5000 children per year, as well as provide more flexibility in timing for our schools. We are excited to be able to extend our reach and see more children, every year.
The vision of Life Education is to enable children to reach their full potential. We aim to reach every primary school child in our area with the purpose of educating and inspiring generations to embrace positive choices for a healthy mind and body - BUT we need your help to do this!!
It costs over $200,000 per year for the Heartland Trust to provide its valuable services. With NO Government funding, it is vital that the community served by Life Education helps us to deliver the program. To continue to deliver our exceptional experiences, we need your support to remain relevant, while also extending our reach to impact even more children.