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In 2020, we established a national community partnership with Life Education Trust, which supports tamariki and rangatahi to make positive choices. Over the past financial year our support was especially valuable to the charity in a difficult time of disruptions.
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With COVID-19 affecting school attendance, the Trust’s educators had to use video conferencing, pre-recorded films and animation from in-school and offsite locations to deliver its programmes and educate as many tamariki as possible about health and wellbeing. The changes enabled Life Education to deliver its Healthy Harold programme to 182,479 children from more than 1,000 primary schools. In response to growing concern about anxiety in students, the Trust also partnered with Anxiety New Zealand to offer professional development for teachers.
For secondary school students, Life Education offers two Theatre-in-Education programmes: SMASHED, equipping rangatahi to make safe decisions around alcohol, and SMART$, an interactive take on financial literacy. The latter was so successful that Life Education developed a professional development programme for teachers to incorporate financial literacy concepts across all subjects. A pilot of the programme went well and will be offered to teachers this year.
The Trust will also launch a third programme focusing on vaping and social media influences, in response to growing concern from schools.
We are proud to continue supporting Life Education Trust in their aim to help students understand how decisions they make today can affect their future health and well-being.