SPANA runs education programmes across centres, in local schools through our animal clubs and on the road using our specialist mobile exhibition units.
At SPANA centres
Where sick animals are treated by professionals and where technicians provide good care, kindness and compassion, we harness children’s enthusiasm for learning. In Morocco, we have created interactive exhibitions, participatory lessons and hands on sessions with friendly donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs to give children a memorable experience and help them better understand the behaviour of animals.
In our core countries, specially trained SPANA staff visit over one thousand schools every year, teaching children the importance of animal welfare. We also create vital resources such as books and CDs for children and teachers, aimed at enhancing everyday school lessons with information about animals. In some countries, such as Ethiopia, Jordan and Mali, a whole series of lessons has been created and teachers have been trained by SPANA to teach them. The book ‘All About Animals’ containing Mali’s lessons, has been recommended to their Ministry of Education for inclusion in the national curriculum.
On the road
SPANA’s mobile exhibition units in Tunisia and Morocco also enable children in remote communities to learn about animal welfare. Teaching children in poor farming communities the importance of being kind to animals is especially important, as they are often responsible for feeding and tending their family’s animals.
Evaluating the content of the programme and the impact it has on the children that participate is a priority.
Several different methods of evaluation are currently being used. Gathering the evidence is complicated by working overseas in unfamiliar languages. However, SPANA is committed to proving its impact and demonstrating that education leads to sustainable improvements in animal welfare.
For more information on our educational work across the world email us at [email protected].