Education plays an integral part in creating a world where we show kindness, respect, empathy and understanding towards animals and each other. Teaching children empathy for living creatures, not only betters the lives of the animals they encounter, but also builds and strengthens a community for years to come. This is the idea behind our Animal Heroes Community Kids Clubs.
Our first, and currently only club, operates in the community based just outside our project, LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary. The Bohlokong Animal Heroes are in the Bohlokong area of Bethlehem and are for children from the local community, aged 6 -16 years, who want to learn about animals and their welfare. These 35 learners meet our educator for weekly educational sessions at the local community hall. We also host holiday programs for these children during the school holidays. During their time as part of the Animal Heroes Community Kids Club, leaners will complete the FOUR PAWS South Africa Education Manual and enjoy celebration days such as World Animal Day to name but a few.
The 2020 national lockdown and COVID-19 pandemic interrupted and halted our weekly sessions with the Bohlokong Animal Heroes – we however continued to educate and support these 35 learners with ‘distance learning’ in the form of monthly education and care packs; carefully curated to their specific needs and special celebratory animal welfare days such as World Lion Day and World Animal Day.