Life Education South Australia (LESA) is a charity that is a community-based, independent organisation at the front line of positive and preventative drug and health education. In the 2012 school year approximately 30,000 children took part in the preschool, primary and secondary programs.
Helping young people make informed decisions about their health and drugs is at the heart of the program.
Specialist educators, utilising their experience and training, work with schools to support the provision of best-practice drug education. Sessions are age specific and sequential with written and electronic resources provided to support both students and teachers in the delivery of ongoing drug education in their classroom. A visit to the mobile Life Education van facilitates the development of students' knowledge and skills to identify risks and make informed decisions.
Life Education South Australia:
• Is the largest non-government provider of Drug and Health Education in South Australia
• Maintains 6 Mobile Learning Centres and one direct delivery vehicles for pre-school, secondary and regional communities
• Facilitates programs using the expertise of 6 full and part-time educators. Would reach more schools with increased funding.
• Funding from the SA Government Dept of Health ceased in December 2011.
Comments from Teachers
‘Quality educational value in terms of SACSA and the resources materials provided on the CD Rom have been most useful prior to the session and I will continue to use them after this session.’
R/1 Berri Primary School
‘Excellent CD, with notes in the manual. Great to use with our interactive whiteboard. Easy to use sheets, good content.’
Yr 5/6 Loxton PS
‘The motivational level it provides to student engagement and learning. The video presentations, the puppets and props are a valued asset to the van and the program it provides. The actual space of the van promotes excitement and the ability to have all the info displayed in a friendly and interactive manner.’
Reception/1 Berri Primary School
‘Presents information with a really important health message in a fun, interactive way that really engages students.’
Yr 4, St Marks Benedict College Pt Pirie
‘Life Education is able to cover topics we wouldn’t usually tackle in class. It fits in perfectly with Drug Strategy work.’
Yr 6/7 O’Sullivans Beach Primary School
‘As a site outside the classroom the content of the presentation becomes more stimulating and the students engage better, thereby a better chance of long term memory retention.’
Yr 6/7 Seacliff Primary School
‘The quality of this resource is consistently high. I always feel completely comfortable having the children in my class participate in these activities, knowing that potentially sensitive topics are dealt with clearly, accurately and with care.’
Yr 3, Westminster College
‘I have never (over 20 years) of teaching been disappointed in the Life Education resources or educator.’
Yr 6/7 Calvary Lutheran School
‘Life Education is so engaging for students! The ‘hands on’ aspect is so important, the visuals, ICT, puppets etc are fabulous.’
Yr 3 Paralowie R-12
I had a great time with you Harold. You are really, really cool. Thank you for letting me come on your adventure. I like how you told us how to solve problems. I enjoyed being in the caravan with you and your friends. You rock Harold!
I liked my exciting time with you. Thank you for teaching me information about your super heroes – Littergator, Emergiman, Extinguisher and Mediminder. You were great.
Thank you for coming to visit us. I learnt that breakfast lasts longer than junk food.
Thank you for coming to visit our school. I learnt how to ring for an ambulance successfully. My favourite part was watching the super hero clip. How old is Harold?
Thank you for coming to visit us. I really enjoyed it a lot. I learnt about what’s good to eat and what’s bad to eat.
Thank you for letting us come to the Life Education van. Do you want to come again next year? We learnt not to touch broken glass on the beach. I will remember that in the summer.