During these classes, Donald and his friends sing the donkey welfare song, draw pictures of working animals and recite the five animal welfare needs. His teachers regularly take the class to visit local veterinary clinics where they help the vets to provide food and water to donkeys awaiting treatment.
Donald especially loves being able to assist the vets as they work, handing them veterinary equipment and supplies. It’s here that he gets to see first hand the problems caused by mistreatment and poor animal husbandry; he hopes that one day, he too can be a vet.
Many of Donald’s classmates own working animals and have grown up around donkeys, cows, goats and chickens. But, until recently, they paid very little notice to their donkeys, considering them less valuable to their families than other animals that produce milk or meat. Our project is changing the way people in this region of Tanzania see animal welfare, promoting health, safety and welfare for all working donkeys through mobile clinics and community training.
Working with TAPO, we’re now expanding our work in 15 village schools through their humane welfare education curriculum. This six month programme develops knowledge about donkey care and protection among primary school aged students. And, it’s not only the animals that benefit – SPANA’s message of kindness, respect and compassion to all living creatures means that children’s relationships with each other benefit just as much.
Teacher Madam Kimario is delighted with the impact of this project saying:
‘Thank you so much for educating my students about donkey welfare and humane education. The increased knowledge will help to improve the welfare of village donkeys and other animals.’