Go wild with ifaw’s new global education program
Sunday, 4 October, 2015
Yarmouth Port, MA

Today, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is launching the new global education program Keep Wild Animals Wild and a new online community to connect educators and students worldwide.
“At the current rate of illegal wildlife trade, species such as elephants and rhinoceros are in danger of being consigned to the history books. We believe education is key to inspiring and empowering young people to protect these and other vital species,” said Nancy Barr, IFAW Animal Action Education Program Director.

The Keep Wild Animals Wild education packs introduce students to what makes wild animals wild, why wildlife trade is a big threat to animals, ecosystems and people, and how to help keep wild animals wild.

The program is free, curricula aligned, flexible and stimulating.

It is tailored to three instructional levels and meets learning objectives in language arts, geography, economics and life science:

  • Students aged 5-7 (Grade K-2) will learn what it means to be wild, and how they can watch and appreciate wildlife responsibly
  • Students 8-10 (Grade 3-5) and 11-14 (Grade 6-8) will learn about wildlife trade, why it is a big threat to animals, ecosystems and people, and how to help keep wildlife wild.

Ready made for classrooms Keep Wild Animals Wild provides everything educators need in multiple languages to explore this topic, including teaching guide and lesson plans, student magazines and worksheets, videos, online interactive activities and more.

And for the first time educators and students will be able to share projects, exchange ideas and collaborate with other teachers and classrooms worldwide through IFAW’s new online community - AAE Connect.

“AAE Connect is a place for collaboration and exploration, where teachers and students can share, discuss and build animal welfare and conservation ideas and projects with their peers across oceans, time zones and cultures,” said Barr. 

About Animal Action Education

IFAW’s Animal Action Education program (www.ifaw.org/education) provides free teaching resources in more than a dozen languages and dialects that are expected to reach more than 5,000,000 educators, students ages 5-14 worldwide. Keep Wild Animals Wild is the newest addition to IFAW’s library of educational resources on a wide range of animal welfare and conservation themes. All the resources are aligned with local, regional and national curricula in literacy, language arts, science, social studies, citizenship and other core subject areas taught in schools worldwide.

About IFAW

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Photos are available at www.ifawimages.com

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