Who, What, Why, How

As children cannot be shielded from the big wide world and its complex pressures, Teachers and Parents want support in empowering children to make better choices, every day.

About Hunter Life Education

Hunter Life Education is a nonprofit community-based and community-funded organisation working with Government, Educators, business and the community to build in resilience in our region through the delivery of alcohol, drug and healthy lifestyle education for children in the Hunter. Hunter Life Education has a reputation for innovation, striving for standards of excellence, and developing in children self-esteem, effective communication skills and decision making abilities that will now and in the future enable them to make healthy life choices. The effectiveness of positive health messages is enhanced when the message is reinforced over time, across curriculum and within the home and community. Our vision is to ensure every child in the Hunter has the skills and knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Every year over 30,000 children in the Hunter learn through Life Education that the heights to which they can aspire are limited only by the choices they make.

Mission

To empower school age children in the Hunter to make safer and healthier choices.

Vision

Generations of confident healthy Hunter residents living to their full potential.

The Life Education Approach to Prevention

With the help of Healthy Harold and our Life Education educators we build resilience in young people by challenging their values and attitudes, expanding their knowledge and developing their skills. We motivate, encourage and empower them to exercise real choice – and make informed healthy lifestyle decisions

More specifically, Life Education programs assist children and young people to achieve the following outcomes

  • Acquire age appropriate knowledge to support informed health choices
  • Develop and practice skills and strategies to act upon individual decisions
  • Recognise the values and attitudes that may influence lifestyle choice and behaviour

We see young people as active agents in, rather than passive recipients of, Life Education. We want young people to be able to draw from their own strengths – their capability – in making reasoned, well informed decisions about themselves and their own wellbeing.

What Teachers and Parents Want

Hunter families and schools recognise Life Education as a vital source of innovative education that develops in children self esteem, effective communication skills and decision making abilities that will now and in the future enable them to make healthy life choices. The effectiveness of positive health messages is enhanced when the message is reinforced over time, across curriculum and within the home and community that is why it is essential that Hunter Life Education is able to support the wide-spread delivery of Life Education throughout the Hunter. Our vision is to ensure every child has the skills and knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Teachers indicate that in offering Life Education they are looking for support in delivering health & wellbeing education that is curriculum relevant. They want a program that is about healthy choices and empowerment, not just about drugs, alcohol and smoking.

Parents support the philosophy of preparing kids for the realities of the world without stealing their childhood from them. They view Life Education as an age appropriate approach with regards to the subject of drugs, alcohol and smoking, which is very important for them. Parents want their children to be empowered and prepared, to be taught how to make the right choices not simply told what to do.

Read our 2013 Report Card here

Follow this link to view a brief video including feedback from teachers about Life Education:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qLEUwkb4GQ&feature=share&list=UUwYgn84e51D0YXNFA51_rmg&index=1

Ongoing Development of Our Programs

Life Education provides an interactive experience for every student. Our Mobile Learning Centres use the most up-to-date technology and latest teaching methods. The Transparent Anatomical Model (TAM) allows students a unique view of the human body, teaching them a new respect for their bodies.

Life Education regularly consults with technology experts to inform the integration of new and emerging technologies into our unique teaching and learning environment and our program content including resources for teachers.

The Life Education experience has always engaged children in learning with the use of the latest technology. We remain committed to continually upgrading the content and delivery of our programs to remain relevant to the children of the day.

Inside a Life Education Mobile Learning Centre

Follow the links below to view a brief introduction videos about two of our latest education modules.

On The Case: Tobacco education

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXVQ2DJojfI&list=UUwYgn84e51D0YXNFA51_rmg&feature=share

bCyberwise: Cyber safety

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mRnx0PQ6eU&list=UUwYgn84e51D0YXNFA51_rmg

Addressing Issues of Equity and Access

Evidence links the use of technology to improvements in learning and outcomes for children. Research has found that digital media allows a style of learning that is more interactive and participatory and technology enables young people to learn in peer driven groups. The use of games and interactive simulations in teaching improves cognitive outcomes in comparison to traditional methods.

Effective uses of educational technology and media are active, hands-on, engaging and empowering. Interactions with technology should be playful and support creativity, exploration, pretend play and active play.

High quality interactive media can bring learning advantages when combined with skilful teaching and complementary curriculum resources as is the case with Life Education. In fact applying these conditions to work together can accelerate learning and narrow the gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers. Issues of equity and access are addressed by the gearing up of Life Education Mobile Learning Centres with the latest technology which allows us to visit children in our most rural and remote communities as well as our most disadvantaged communities which are found in both urban and rural environments.

By integrating the latest technology into our mobile and static classroom issues of equity and access are addressed by providing opportunities for all children in the Hunter to learn that the heights to which they can aspire are limited only by the choices they make.

Children engage with Life Education using tablet technology

Children engage with Life Education using tablet technology

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