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Nursery and primary school children in the island will soon get the opportunity to experience ???old time’ Barbadian culture while at the same time acquiring modern educational and interactive tools, as well as healthy lifestyle practices.

This will come about when the National Council on Substance Abuse re-launches its Life Education Centre (LEC) mobile classroom at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Webster’s Business Place, Wildey, St. Michael, on Thursday, January 3, at 10:00 a.m.

According to Drug Education Officer (Primary), Mrs. Wendy Greenidge, "the LEC uses various teaching aids such as puppetry, drama, visual aids and videos to promote among the students awareness of their body and how it works, with particular emphasis on the effects of drug use."

Describing the LEC as a mobile, 40-foot air-conditioned, containerised classroom which is fully outfitted with the latest in educational technology, the Drug Education Officer pointed out that the programmes are delivered by specially trained educators who use a child-centred holistic approach to build self-esteem and a sense of worth.

Since its inaugural launch in January 2007, the LEC has reached over 30,300 primary school children at 109 public and private nursery and primary schools across the island.

The first LEC was established in 1979 by Rev. Ted Noffs in Sydney, Australia.?? Since then the LEC concept has been incorporated into the educational curriculum of 15 countries including New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.??

In addition, Barbados was the first recipient of the LEC in the Caribbean and remains the only Caribbean country to be using such an innovative learning resource.??


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