Children holding animal pictures
Children holding animal pictures

Helping working animals in Liberia

Project name: Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society (LAWCS)

Project type: Education and training

Location: Lofa district

In a country still marked by conflict, daily brutality is a fact of life for many children. Animals can suffer horrendous cruelty, often at the hands of children who mimic the cruelty practised in front of them by their elders.

Our project aims to improve children’s relationships with animals through classroom based and student-led humane education programmes in Lofa district. Using a variety of interactive activities, including drama, role play, stories, games and drawing, children learn to develop empathy and appreciate that animals have feelings and complex needs.

In 2018 we achieved the following:

  • new humane education teachers were trained – one for each participating school
  • Each teacher was equipped with an animal welfare education kit
  • Over 10,000 children received humane education lessons
  • An animal welfare club was established in each of the 20 schools

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