Life Education Trust Counties Manukau
Life Education Counties Manukau is a not for profit that educates, supports and empowers children to make healthy choices in all aspects of their lives so that they can go on living happy, full, healthy lives. Every year Life Education Counties Manukau teaches over 28,000 children about their body, friendships, their identity and food and nutrition.
Life Education Trust Counties Manukau was formed in late 2012 as a result of a collaboration between three existing Life Education Trusts. The area covers a large portion of Greater Auckland and is home to over half a million people.
A young, highly diverse and rapidly growing population live in the Counties Manukau area, sadly some of New Zealand’s worst health and housing statistics are found here. With over 14% of New Zealand’s children living in this area there is a high demand for the Life Education programme.
Why a Giraffe
Harold the Giraffe is the mascot of Life Education. He works in the mobile classroom with the educator, to help encourage conversations with the students about situations they might find themselves in and how to act in a positive way when they do.
Harold is a friendly character, and children's responses show that Harold has a huge impact in re-enforcing the messages we teach:
Giraffes are tall.
• We teach children to stand tall and be proud of who they are.
The pattern on a giraffe's skin is unique, like a fingerprint.
• We teach children that they too are unique and special.
Giraffes have big hearts.
• We teach children to be kind to others.
Giraffes have long necks.
• We teach children to be prepared to stick their necks out and support their friends.
The human body is magnificent – we show children the magnificence of the human body – its sensory, circulatory and digestive systems, showing how the body functions and what its needs are – food, oxygen and water. We illustrate how the earth provides these needs and teach how we should protect our internal and external environments.
We need to support and respect each other – because of the delicate and complex nature of life itself, we need to support and respect each other and every other person, regardless of sex, race, religion or beliefs.