Case Study: FOUR PAWS Animal Welfare Foundation

Four Paws

FOUR PAWS South Africa is offering teachers the opportunity to be trained in delivery of animal welfare education in the class room. FOUR PAWS Animal Welfare South Africa would like to expand its elementary school education program in South Africa. We are aiming to invest learners with skills, attitudes and behaviors that stimulate the creative relation to the social and natural environment and should enable the continuation of education in terms of respect towards and protection of animals. The programme is to be implemented in Thabo Mufutsanyana District with the view of rolling it out in other provinces.

FOUR PAWS South Africa will be implementing animal welfare education in three major categories namely:

  • In the communities: Open public sessions at Townships Library Halls. 
  • At our animal welfare project LIONSROCK Big Cats Sanctuary 
  • Teacher training workshops and in schools: Interactive resources for young people aged 5-16

Since 2008 we have conducted education programmes for schools at LIONSROCK Big Cats Sanctuary. We receive schools from all walks of life within the eastern Free State at LIONSROCK and their interest is based on learning about animal welfare and to experience the nature at first hand. In 2011 we branched out bringing the message of love, respect and compassion for animals directly to communities through open public sessions.


Teaching skills and attitudes to respect and protection of animals

Lessons Learnt

It is critical to get local authorities invovled and on board. FourPaws have a memorandum of understanding with the Local Municipality to support the education programme. Due to the fact that Animal Welfare Education is not regarded as important in the rural communities it is very hard to convince the commuters to change the way they treat animals.

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