Life Education - Learning with Harold the Giraffe 

  • 28-Feb-18
  • Funding Stories

Life Education is a charity that educates and empowers children to make healthy choices so they can live full and healthy lives. Our Communications & Marketing Coordinator was luckily enough to have a sneak peek into the Coastal Otago Life Education mobile classroom last month during its visit to Maori Hill School in Dunedin and viewed first hand their amazing new 3G screen in their mobile classroom. With sight and sound equipment designed to capture children's imagination, the new technology enables children to gain a unique look inside their bodies and watch videos on the screen. Our short interview with Matthew, who is 6 years old and in room two at Maori Hill School summarizes just how cool learning with Harold is.

Q. What was the best thing about Harold the Giraffe?
A. Harold's new classroom can turn into a disco. Harold is actually quite a good singer and knows how to be a good friend to others.

Q. What did you learn about in the mobile classroom with Maria?
A. We learnt about being a good friend. That we are all the same really, even though we might look different than others. We talked about how everyone can feel sad, angry, happy and tired at different times and that is ok.

We learnt about our body. Did you know that our stomach is the size of your two hands put together. It was cool seeing the human body on the screen.

Q. Did you talk about what you learnt from Harold when you got back to class?
Everyone got to draw their own Harold, we have lots of Harolds in our classroom. We talked about being good friends, being kind and including everyone.

Two mobile classrooms operate across Otago: Coastal Otago covers Dunedin and North Otago and Heartland Otago covers Gore, Balclutha, Mosgiel and Central Otago. If you have the opportunity, take a look inside a classroom and learn more about how this great Trust is supporting schools to create individualised lessons to classrooms and students needs.The Otago Community Trust is a regular funder of the Life Education Trust and was pleased to support Coastal Otago last June with a $10,400 grant.


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