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Submission SCUAAC 097 23/06/1992 Top End Life Education Centre



Submission SCUAAC 097 23/06/1992 Top End Life Education Centre

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Tabled Paper 1654


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Eric Poole


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PHILOSOPHY The Life Education Programs were developed under the guidance of the Rev. Ted Noffs, arising out of his experiences in the King's Cross area where he operated the Wayside Chapel. Rev. Noffs said that by 1974 he had buried so many young people in the 14-18 age group, he decided there had to be a better way. Rev: Noffs produced a program to teach children everyone was different, with different coloured hair, eyes, skin and personality, but everyone was so important, because they were UNIQUE, as there was only one of them in the whole world. The program aims to educate children about the dangers of drug abuse before they are exposed to the pressures which encourage them to begin. A positive approach making them aware of the intricacies of the human body and the effects nutrition etc., can have on them helps them to develop a healthy respect for their bodies and themselves which in turn builds Self Esteem and Self Respect. The Programs are secular and not religiously based although they are of course strongly ethical and moral. They aim not to preach but to explain and guide as a basis of learning.

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