Teaching comprehensive life education

The first Life Education Centre was established in 1979 by the Reverend Ted Noffs at the Wayside Chapel in Sydney, Australia. The aim was to help children from the age of five (the Centres now work with children as young as three) choose never to be involved in drug abuse. A high-tech centre was created with life-size electronic models of the human body showing arteries, veins and organs; an animated model giraffe who talks and sings; and a wide range of space-age computer-driven modules. Later motorized caravans were built, enabling Life Education Centres to travel to schools throughout Australia on a regular basis. In 1992, Life Education International was established to foster the spread of Centres throughout the world and to promote preventive education. Life Education mobile units now also operate in New Zealand, the USA, UK and Thailand. The programme impresses the following recognition upon children: "Your body and your mind are precious. They are unique. You have remarkable talents, wonderful skills." Children are taught how their minds and bodies work, and about the effects of food and chemicals upon their health and well-being. At 1995, approximately 3 million children worldwide had participated in the programme.
Type Classification:
C: Cross-sectoral strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 15: Life on Land