Two hundred additional learning sessions for children and pre-schoolers will be added in the North West thanks to a funding boost from Life Education Queensland.
Life Education Queensland CEO Michael Fawsitt said Centacare North Queensland have allocated a $93,000 from the Commonwealth's Communities for Children program to help out 4000 local schoolkids.
"Thanks to Centacare identifying Life Education as a key community partner, it provides us with exciting scope to grow our program in the north west of the state," Mr Fawsitt said.
"It means that for the first time in this region, we will be able to fund the delivery of our sexual health and relationships program aimed at students in Years 5 6, as well as our pre-school program.
"This is in addition to also supporting our core health education program which offers primary schools the choice of 12 age-appropriate health education modules delivered face to face, spanning from Prep to Year 6."
Mr Fawcitt said Life Education commenced services in north west Queensland five years ago, through funding from Queensland Health which included the construction of a new mobile learning centre and have been a regular visitor to Mount Isa schools since.
"This additional funding through Communities for Children will expand Life Educations service even further, to Cloncurry, Dajarra and Camooweal, working in partnership with 12 schools and 10 early learning centres," he said.
Centacare North Queensland Director of Rural and Remote Tania Edwards said the funding would make a big difference.
"There's normally a cost to families to access the Life Education programs in schools and lot of children in the north west miss out, so it's significant that 4000 children in the region will now be able to benefit from programs giving them knowledge, resilience and crucial life skills," Ms Edwards said.
"With their focus on friendship, hygiene, physical activity, nutrition, and personal safety - Life Education's programs encompass all the vital health and wellbeing aspects of children's learning, growth and development and allow young people to positively participate in the community and become healthy adults."
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