Partner spotlight: UNESCO Germany again recognises Animal Action Education programme

The IFAW Germany team celebrates recognition by their regional UNESCO office.Our Animal Action Education team in Germany had a well-deserved evening of celebration in Bremen with UNESCO’s German division last week when IFAW’s education work was again recognized as an official project of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

Education for Sustainable Development is not a single project or programme.  Rather it is an umbrella for a variety of educational initiatives, like IFAW’s Animal Action Education, which incorporate key sustainability issues, such as biodiversity protection, in core educational outcomes, curricula and materials.  

The process of partnership recognition by UNESCO in Germany is particularly rigorous.

Endorsement of our educational program must be renewed on a regular basis. Each time the team has had to demonstrate the development and improvements achieved. We’ve hit the mark by continuing to increase the number of participating German schools (currently about 1700), and expanding the variety of themes and age groups addressed by our free educational materials.

Including Germany, the programme is now in more than 20 countries around the world.

As a project of the Decade, our Animal Action Education programme is also recognized as innovative, working to reach a broad base, and teaching sustainable social, economic and environmental aspects. We share with UNESCO the goal of empowering future leaders with the academic understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours that are crucial to creating solutions and finding new paths to a more sustainable future.

IFAW’s Animal Action Education work globally has also been approved as an educational partner of this UN Decade and others, including the Decades for Youth and for Biodiversity.

Kudos to the German and all IFAW Animal Action Education teams!



Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Jan Hannah, Campaign Manager, Northern Dogs Project
Campaign Manager, Northern Dogs Project