The city of Brody is committed to humanely addressing the issue of stray dogs. A municipal shelter and rehoming programme has already been set up and, with the help and support of the members of a local SPA, the animals are being cared for and rehomed.
The next natural step to help the local authority and SPA develop their animal protection activities in the district is to integrate the humane treatment of animals into the educational process.
At the invitation of the Brody District Education Department, our first seminar for 2017 took place on the 21st February, with the intention of seeing our programme incorporated into the curriculum of primary schools throughout the region.
The seminar was attended by 56 people involved in the education of the region’s primary school children including teachers, teacher trainers, volunteers from the local SPA (Animal Protection Charity Foundation – ‘Step’), local authority, Greek Catholic Church (priest who manages ecological projects), NGO ‘Nashe Misto’, and Kormotech Company (sponsor),
The event was prepared and managed by Oleksandr Bogachyk, Naturewatch Foundation representative, who presented the theoretical and practical aspects of including our programme in the education process. Nadiya Shushkevich, who will be co-ordinating our work in the district, spoke about the collaboration between the Brody District Department of Education and Naturewatch Foundation.
Taras Dzjoba, priest, covered the fundamental moral attitudes of humans to animals, and ‘Step’ SPA expressed its support for our programme and its willingness to be involved. The Kormotech Company kindly sponsored catering for the seminar and generously agreed to help provide food for animals at the shelter.
It was most rewarding to hear the very positive feedback given by the delegates who all left the seminar with a Teachers Pack, material for use in the classroom and an attendance certificate issued by the Brody District Education Department.
Naturewatch Foundation is very pleased to be partnering with the Brody District Department of Education in educating the region’s younger generation to respect animals as sentient beings, to treat them compassionately and care for them responsibly.
Following the Seminar in Brody, the local animal protection charity, ‘Step’, was invited to give a talk about its work to children at one of the local schools.
We are delighted that 'Step' is keen to develop its animal protection activities in the region by helping to educate the younger generation.