In an Australian-first for primary school students, young people from across Australia have united to co-design an education experience about vaping for students, by students. The innovative learning module developed by Life Ed is called “Take a Breath” and urges Year 5 and 6 students to stop, “Take a Breath” and investigate the issues before making decisions.
This comes as the NSW Government recognises the need for more education in primary schools about the issue, following findings from their roundtable on vaping last week. With children as young as eight years old reportedly participating in this risky behaviour, the need for early intervention and education is undeniable.
Funded by Consumer Healthcare Products Australia (CHP Australia), the new Life Ed module features children in Years 5 and 6 who have genuine questions about vaping and smoking, alongside high school students who provide answers. The
teenagers involved encourage their peers to use critical thinking skills to unpack issues like emerging health and environmental impacts, changing laws, social influences and responsible decision making.
“The result is really special and is bound to make an impact. It’s powerful to see Australian teenagers speaking up about vaping and smoking, educating younger students and showcasing their strengths,” said Russell D’Costa, CEO of Life Ed Australia.
“There is a real gap in vaping education in primary schools. This is a concern because research tells us that educating children before they are exposed to a particular issue gives them the best chance at making informed decisions.
“That’s why Life Ed delivers education in the primary school setting. We hear from a lot of the primary schools that we work with that their kids are showing interest and asking questions about vaping. We need to give students the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy and safe choices into the future.”
The new “Take a Breath” module will be rolled out to schools from Term 1 2024, with bookings open now. For more information and to book a visit go to: lifeed.org.au/vaping