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:
As a snapshot of the work that our Educator (Pip), and Harold, do in our region - last year the Classroom visited 43 schools in our Trust’s area In round figures, our Educator delivered lessons to approximately 7,049 children in that period.
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 $150,000 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.
Young people in New Zealand face many significant health issues. Life Education provide tamariki and rangatahi with knowledge and strategies to help them make positive choices for their health and wellbeing. Click here to see some of the challenges our tamariki are facing today and how Life Education are supporting them through these issues.
As health education specialists, our goal is consistent with the NZ Curriculum; to equip children with the knowledge and skills so they can make informed decisions. Over time, informed decisions will lead to positive changes in society.
For over 33 years our Healthy Harold Programme has been supporting children to navigate the challenges of our complex and changing society.
An NZCER review of the Healthy Harold programme found Life Education performed well on key indicators that reveal value in the classroom, in particular the educators’ strong expertise in health, engaging style and programme content.
View the Healthy Harold Impact and Outcomes