Bahrain teachers learn why we need to “keep wild animals wild”

More than 100 teachers recently gathered for a workshop at the Ministry of Education Hall in Manama to become familiar with IFAW’s “Keep Wild Animals Wild” curriculum.

Wildlife trade is rampant in the Gulf Area, whether it be the trade of live exotic animals or that of products made from animal body parts.

Many incidents involving exotic animals have occurred here lately, making IFAW’s recent workshop for 109 teachers especially timely.

The film “Keep Wild Animals Wild” grabbed the attention of the teachers. At the end of the workshop most of the teachers asked how they could get a copy of the movie saying it would deliver the message of the program to the students effectively.

WATCH: Keep Wild Animals Wild

This was part of a larger educational program in collaboration with the Bahrain Ministry of Education.

“Think Twice Before You Buy; Keep Wild Animals Wild” is the latest development in our Animal Action Education program, which is on target to educate more than 10,000 students in grades four and five in Bahrain schools.

The lessons and activities urge youth to keep wild animals wild and encourage students to explore, examine and discuss the risks of wild life trade to humans, animal welfare and the ecosystems.

The “Keep Wild Animals Wild” student magazine, film, lesson plans, worksheets and interactive activities provide everything educators need to introduce students to the issue of wildlife trade and how, as consumers, they can make a difference for wild animals. The materials have been endorsed by the Ministry of Education and distributed for use in the classroom.

The lessons in “Keep Wild Animals Wild” meet learning objectives in social studies, language arts, and science.

This is not the first time that we collaborated with the Ministry of Education in raising youth awareness about animal welfare and conservation. Previously, we launched a program “Keep it Wild” last year with its cooperation.


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