I Found A Way to help animals through education
Did you know that IFAW has been finding ways to secure a better future for the animals we love, by being part of classroom lessons around the world for the past 20 years? This year, IFAW’s Animal Action Education (AAE) will engage some five million students, teachers and educators in over 18 countries, making it the most wide reaching programme of its kind.
So it was with great excitement that last month, I attended a bi-annual AAE conference at our Headquarters in Cape Cod, U.S.A. Meeting with colleagues from over 10 regions where the programme is run, I looked at ways Animal Action could best sit in the new Australian curriculum and best speak to an increasing number of Australian children.
“Cats, Dogs and Us” is the newest theme in the AAE series, and will launch late 2013. These free materials will consist of an age appropriate student magazine, theme based video and loads of extension activities and worksheets, all tailored to fit the new Australian curriculum. And the pack includes lesson plans designed for the Australian teacher as well.
IFAW believes that establishing positive attitudes to animal welfare through education is critical in our mission of protecting animals around the world, and through AAE we are also supporting our children to become responsible and compassionate adults. AAE focuses on species themes which change every two years, so that they can have fun as they learn over the years.
Additionally, with recent research pointing to the fact that humane education fosters empathy and reduces the likelihood of aggression toward animals and people, IFAW is proud to be able to offer Animal Action Education to the next generation.