Humane Education,The Wonder of Teachable Moments

by Mary Haight on September 3, 2012

humane educationJaded as we might be about the importance of such things here in the US, directing the thinking of the young citizens of the world about pets is essential to the success of many not-for-profit programs. Spay/neuter, anti-cruelty, health and welfare – all that is on the line. Humane education is the foundation on which a new sensibility about animal welfare is built in cultures where none existed. That’s what I witnessed during my Amazon CARES trip to Peru.

Requena schools are Christian, probably Catholic, and all the children from kindergarden up wore uniforms. Expensive for the families of this small village, but an expense that must be deemed worth it given the hundreds of kids I saw.

The pre-school children got a treat today. There were 70 energized miniature citizens in several open air classes wondering what these strange adults were doing in their school. Molly Mednikow got an introduction from the local teachers in each of five classes. With such young children, humane education is limited to questions about who has a pet and hand-out sheets with drawings of pets and wild animals, which were a hit, as were the boxes of crayons given to color in the animal pictures.

The next day, third and fourth graders got a visit and were very enthusiastic about the talk from Amazon CARES. Each of the five classes we visited sang us a welcome song – they were really very sweet.  It was an opportunity to not just talk to the children about their pets at home, but educate through a contest making it exciting for them and fun to watch. Crayon sets made great prizes.

It was also gratifying to see the same kind of student interaction with the teacher that we all must share in our memories…don’t you remember raising your hand and half your body out of the seat when you knew the answer and wanted the teacher to pick you? To see it in relation to humane education was a privilege. This is a great program and is worthy of more funding. Enjoy the photos =)

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6 comments
Saving Dinah
Saving Dinah

Molly is an amazing woman! Mary, it's so great that you were able to visit her facility. One of our volunteers, with connections to Peru, introduced us to Molly and Amazon Cares - a great cause to support!

pete
pete

Promoting awareness for animal welfare is a great idea to be included in every school's curriculum as well as environmental consciousness.

Fleas on Humans
Fleas on Humans

Education is one of the greatest things to be imparted to the younger generation. But teaching them how to take care of the animals is one good aspect to improve and teach. Teaching them how to properly take care of their pets will surely bring responsibility and early task handling management. This will also promote animal welfare awareness for this will surely inform the people on how animals live. Teaching them at an early age will surely give a desirable result. No one knows maybe one of these kids will become an ambassador for animals!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

I agree - it is a great program and now that Amazon CARES has their own 501c3 to make donations deductible, I hope for many more organizations and individuals to get involved =)

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks, Pete - I think that's an excellent idea also!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks for sharing - and yes, children are a proven pathway to changing the society they live in. It's wonderful to contribute to these programs however we can, sharing it with all your friends on FB and elsewhere!

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