Life Education set to tackle teen issues
Crucial teenage issues will be part of a new programme the Life Education Trust is introducing to high schools.
The trust, best known for educating primary and intermediate school pupils on health and nutrition with mascot Harold the Giraffe, is planning the new programme launch in about 12 months.
Trust chief executive John O'Connell said the youth programme would include issues from puberty and youth suicide through to the dangers of substance abuse. Emphasis would be on healthy living and the uniqueness of every individual.
"It's about providing information so they can make an informed decision," Mr O'Connell said.
As well as being taught in the classroom, young people will be able to access information online to reinforce the lessons.
It is estimated the new programme will cost $300,000 to $400,000 until 2016. Some of the funding had already been secured.
The trust charges schools a tuition fee of 12 per cent of the actual costs. The existing primary and intermediate programmes have a budget of $6.5 million over the same period and cover 85,000 children in 67 schools in Mid and South Canterbury.
There are 35 trusts nationally.
Mr O'Connell said penetration into schools in the district was so successful that all were reached except one.
Administrator Lynne Porter said the trust would love to include the one remaining school, but there were no available teaching days left.
The trust was already under pressure to increase the number of days at existing schools.
Ms Porter attributed success in the region to the quality of educators and a local trust that was set up within the first few years of Life Education being established in New Zealand in 1988.
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