Monday, 13 Aug 2018

A message from the Deputy Premier John Barilaro

Almost everyone you speak to will have a memory of Healthy Harold and their Life Education classes during their school years. Life Education has been part of the fabric of health education in our schools for nearly 40 years.

Over that time, the organisation has moved with the pace of change, to ensure its important health messages are delivered in engaging and technology-savvy ways, in order to reach more and more children across the state.

So it gave me great pleasure to announce this week that the NSW Government will commit $191,000 in funding to Life Education to continue its important work.

The funding will go towards purchasing three new pop-up inflatable classrooms, four new part-time educators and subsidising the cost of classes in the state’s most disadvantaged schools.

Healthy Harold and children from La Perouse Public School outside Life Education pop-up classroom

As Minister for Regional NSW, and having grown up in a regional community myself, I don’t want to see any child miss out because of distance.

These new pop up classrooms mean Life Education will be able to reach more children, across vast distances, faster and cheaper than ever before.

In fact, these new domes will allow Life Education to reach an additional 5,000 kids in the next 12 months alone.

Last week, I was lucky enough to join a class inside one of these new pop-up domes, and I saw first-hand just how much the kids loved it. And so did I!

I congratulate Life Education on its incredible work, and look forward to the impact this new funding will have on families right across our state.