Morcombes a step closer to educating all Aussie kids
AFTER more than 400 school visits, thousands of kilometres, hundreds of presentations and endless amounts of passion, Bruce and Denise Morcombe are one small step away from making their dreams come true: a country where every child can feel safe.
The Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum has been recommended as part of the national school curriculum, which is expected to roll out by 2016.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe have scoured the country for the past decade teaching the messages of "recognise, report and react" in an effort to educate all children on personal safety in honour of their late son Daniel.
The program is already available to all Queensland schools and if given the final tick, could become part of a child's education across the country.
"We are really pleased, it's something that we've worked words for six years now and so it's good to see our work bearing some fruit," Mr Morcombe said.
"It is a significant highlight for the foundation."
The Morcombes first hit the road in about 2006 to share their program messages, but it was not until 2011, when they were named Queensland Child Safety Ambassadors, that they could delve into creating the structure Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum and help roll the program out across the state.
They have since visited the education ministers in every state to discuss a wider reach.
The curriculum involves nine, one-hour class lessons per year in three phases: Prep to Year 2, Year 3 to Year 6 and Years 7 to 9.
"We get so many requests to visit schools and it's physically impossible for us to get to every school
"We don't want any child to miss out and the demand is showing a more structured, formal child safety component is needed in the curriculum and Daniel's high profile case can help leverage that and open the door."
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has developed the education reforms after a review of the current curriculum found it was too overcrowded.
But Mr Morcombe said the inclusion of the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum was a necessary addition and had been recommended under the health and physical education as well as the technology departments.
"We can't bury our heads in the sand and think predators aren't' out there- they are.
"We have to appreciate that technology doesn't standstill, these horrible creatures are going online and kids have their iPad and use the internet every day."
Since 2011, Bruce and Denise Morcombe have presented their child safety messages to more than 100,000 students.