Celebrating 25 years of Life Education in Southland

Life Education Trust Southland educator Teresa Wallace teaches Waihopai School year three pupils from room 15
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Life Education Trust Southland educator Teresa Wallace teaches Waihopai School year three pupils from room 15

He has been teaching children about health in Southland for 25 years.

He is also yellow with a really long neck. Because he is a giraffe.

Life Education Trust Southland, their mobile centre and poster-boy Harold the giraffe are celebrating 25 years of service this year. 

Life Education Trust Southland educator Teresa Wallace and chairwomen Val Whyte celebrate 25 years of the trust.
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Life Education Trust Southland educator Teresa Wallace and chairwomen Val Whyte celebrate 25 years of the trust.

The trust hosted a get together, opening their mobile classroom, aka the Life Education truck, to the public at Windsor North School last week to celebrate.

Life Education Trust Southland educator Teresa Wallace said the concepts being taught hadn't changed much in 25 years.

The biggest change was how they delivered their classes, she said.

As well as posters, puppets and other visual tools and props, the mobile bus was fitted with some of the lasted mod cons including digital screens that were controlled by an iPad remote. 

There was also a lot more flexibility within lesson plans.

"We used to teach preset lessons that we would rotate, now we ask the school about their needs and look into a topic they ask us to."

About 7400 pupils, aged 5 to 13, at about 60 different schools, attended the Life Education Trust's mobile lessons each year. 

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There were several topics covered in lesson plans including identity and resilience, community relationships, human biology, food and nutrition and substances.

The most asked for lesson by southern schools was community relationships, she said. 

"It's all about learning to appreciate everyone's uniqueness and teaches them how to resolve conflict, deal with bullying, be a leader and recognising feelings." 

 - Stuff

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