Athlone Animal Welfare believe education is crucial to preventing animal welfare and environmental issues. To support this belief AAW have developed a free primary school programme which consists of themed workshops on:
- Responsible Pet Ownership
- The Needs of Animals
- Environmental Concerns
The workshops are free, interactive and most importantly fun, engaging children at all levels. The programme raises awareness of key environmental and animal welfare issues e.g. litter, recycling, use of poop scoops, and pet care; and encourages children to care for and maintain our environment; its wildlife and their own pets.
It is delivered by dedicated Educational Officers and ultimately aims to proactively prevent neglect and cruelty to animals and to promote environmental awareness in the younger generations.
As well as instilling a sense of responsibility in the children for their future, they become certified AAW officers and can start applying what they have learned straight away at home. The children learn responsibility; awareness; & respect through participating in the workshops. The workshops supplement aspects of the school curriculum such as Nature Studies, English and Maths and typically last for approximately 1hr depending on the number and age of the participants.
AAW Education officer Debbie Donnelly has indicated that it has proven very successful since its initiation 2 years ago with very positive feedback being received from teachers and students alike. According to Ms Donnelly, today’s school children are tomorrow’s pet owners and instilling values at an early age drives good behavior later in life towards the environment and its inhabitants. AAW have visited over 12 schools to date (as of April 5th 2013) in Athlone and surrounding areas delivered the programme to over 700 children between the ages of 6 and 12!!!!
Check out our posts under Education to see various competitions we have run in partnership with schools.
If you are interested in availing of the free workshops please contact AAW at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 085-1657200.