Youth outreach with Higher Colleges of Technology - Al-Ain Women’s College
This year the International Fund for Animal Welfare Middle East and North Afrcia office engaged fourth and fifth grade students and teachers in our animal action education programme. Our next step is not only engaging current educators but also future educators in our mission: “rescues and protects animals around the world”.
Last month, IFAW Dubai office visited Higher Colleges of Technology - Al Ain Women’s College Campus (AAWC) which located in Al-Ain city. This visit aimed to look for an opportunity on how we can collaborate together with the undergraduate students in educating and empowering children in Al-Ain schools on animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues.
“AAWC students are studying are studying undergraduate courses in education to be teachers of the young generations. AAWC has been very supportive and we thank them for allowing us to meet with their students. IFAW MENA office will work together with Higher Colleges of Technology in Al-Ain Women’s College to train these students on our educational materials and they will be responsible in delivering the message in Al-Ain city’s Schools ” Said Dr. Elsayed Mohamed, Middle East Regional Director.
A general presentation was conducted by IFAW to give an overview to bachelor degree students on who are we, what we do, how we do it with the focusing on animal action themes and educational materials. Students enjoyed learning about IFAW and they shared their own stories and experience about animal welfare and “exotics pets’ fashion” which becomes a common behavior in Middle East.
“I liked the idea of inviting IFAW to our college because it’s good for animals and the environment too. Many families in my country have wild animals as pets in their houses which are so bad for the animals and humans. I hope these people will cooperate with IFAW and return animals where they belong to improve the environment’s balance.” Said Reem Ahmad, undergraduate student at AAWC.
“It was a fantastic experience for our students to learn about IFAW and what you do to protect wildlife and ecosystems worldwide and in the UAE. It was also a great start to what we hope will be a productive collaboration between our college and your organization.” Said Mrs. Stacey Patton, English Instructor at AAWC.
Motivating the public to promote animal welfare and conservation is central to our mission. We look forward to having an effective and replicated collaboration with AAWC that inspire these future leaders to take actions on behalf on animals.
The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) was founded in 1988 and it is the largest higher educational institution in the United Arab of Emirates. It has more than 19,000 students, almost 2000 staff, with 17 campuses throughout the United Arab Emirates.