As well as being the animal owners of tomorrow, these children also have a great influence on how their families treat the donkeys, horses, and mules that they rely on so desperately for their income and livelihoods. They are often already responsible for feeding and looking after their family’s working animals and are keen to pass on what they’ve learnt.
So how do we do it? Well, we’ve created interactive exhibitions, engaging lessons and hands on sessions with friendly donkeys, horses, rabbits and guinea pigs at our SPANA centres, with lessons also taking place in local schools and on board our educational buses.
It’s an approach we know works, with recent evaluation of our programmes showing that they help children develop more humane attitudes to animals. Most recently, we’ve developed a new teaching qualification with the Humane Society of the United States for teachers educating school children about animal welfare.