As well as rescuing and treating abandoned animals, it’s also very important that the root of the problem is addressed through education. Therefore, implementing an education programme and promoting responsible pet ownership in schools and universities is essential.
By educating the next generation of pet carers, we are ensuring the sustainability of our programme to reduce stray animal populations in Ukraine for the long-term. Young people are now being taught to respect animals as sentient beings and how to responsibly care for their pets. Naturewatch Foundation and its team of representatives in Ukraine have developed and launched a nationwide education programme, which is now available online.
So far, we’ve conducted Teacher Training Seminars and Workshops in Kiev, Lviv, Lutsk, Brody, Melitopol and Mykolaiv. Feedback has been excellent leading to all teachers committing to incorporate it into their School Curriculums on a permanent basis, using our training manuals to integrate humane education into lesson plans.
Primary school teacher, Tetyana Kolyada, says: “The Teacher Training Pack is exactly what we needed, it’s full of useful material. This is the first time I’ve been supplied with the tools I need to help educate the children as responsible and kind animal owners.”
Feedback from teachers and pupils led to the development of a set of three children’s textbooks (‘Companion Animals’, ‘Farm Animals’, and ‘Wild Animals’) for use in the classroom. Using colourful illustrations and creative exercises, children will enjoy using our books to learn how to care for and respect animals as sentient beings.
A primary school pupil says: “I’m really enjoying learning about animals and how to care for them properly.”
Last year we launched Ukraine’s first online training facility, which offers training on how to integrate animal welfare and ethics into lessons at school.
The course is available to anyone who works with children and is already proving very popular with teachers and animal advocates.
Our online training course will help teachers and volunteers encourage younger generations to become responsible pet owners and grow up respecting all living beings and the environment.
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Your donations are paying for people who are dedicated to helping children and animals attend our training workshops and complete our online course, including all tutoring and training materials – they don’t have to pay a penny!
Please donate today so we can reach even more teachers and animal advocates – they are key to influencing the next generation of pet owners and, in doing so, are improving animal welfare in Ukraine for the long-term.