A recent grant from Gandel Philanthropy together with funds raised by the Life Education Foundation have co-funded a new addition to the Life Education program focused on building children's capacity to develop and sustain safe and respectful relationships, including when online.
The new module for Years 5, 6 and 7 (Year 7 in SA) is called ‘Relate Respect Connect’. It will provide a unique, contemporary learning experience that explores building positive, safe and respectful relationships. Presented via a series of fictitious vlogs that resonate with young people moving through upper primary school and beyond, this module focuses on:
This new module covers core life skills such as building positive and respectful relationships, effective communication, development of empathy, pro-social values and social and emotional skills. These skills are fundamental components for promoting resilience and positive mental health as well as future academic and career success.
Across our community there is a need to better promote tolerance and respect. Schools are the social institutions that have the greatest capacity to support students in their development of respectful relationships by creating the conditions and opportunities in which they can learn and practise the skills and values that contribute to them.
The development of this new module is on track for completion late this year. Orientation training for Life Education educators will occur between December 2017 and February 2018, enabling first delivery in schools across Australia from the start of Term 1, 2018.
Points to note:
A series of ‘Tip Sheets’ and short videos will be developed for parents and carers around helping children to: