One of Healthy Harold’s high-profile graduates, NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning the Hon. Sarah Mitchell took a trip down memory lane today, visiting Life Education’s headquarters in Colyton to see how Australia’s iconic health promotion giraffe has supported local students through COVID.
Life Education has been delivering health education to NSW school children for more than 40 years. Despite school closures and social distancing measures, Healthy Harold the giraffe has forged forward, so the youngest members of society aren’t left behind.
In response to COVID-19 restrictions and to help reach more schools in regional and remote areas, this year Life Education launched a raft of new delivery options, so no child misses out on vital health and wellbeing education at a time when they need it the most.
From virtual and online options – to a COVID-safe pop-up classroom – Healthy Harold is reaching children in new ways with important health messages, with the support of the NSW Department of Education.
Life Education NSW CEO Jonathon Peatfield said so far more than 260,000 students throughout the state are set to benefit from the Life Education program this year, thanks to the new delivery methods.
“Kids today are facing unprecedented challenges, with drought, bushfires and now COVID-19. Our mission – empowering our children and young people to make safer and healthier choices through education – has never been more important than it is now,” Mr Peatfield said.
Ms Mitchell said seeing Healthy Harold again made her day and she was excited the Life Education team was back in schools.