Education for children – The Paw of Friendship
In order to stop animals being abandoned and abused, it is essential to change people’s attitudes towards animals. We believe that education about humane, responsible and respectful attitude towards animals is key to achieving such changes. It will bring about a happier, more informed and safer relationship between people and animals.
In 2013 we created a bespoke educational programme for children of all ages called “LAPA Druzhbi” which means “The Paw of Friendship”. The programme has evolved considerably over the years and now consists of several lessons for each age group.
During the lessons children learn where stray animals come from, how to prevent animal abandonment, how to help stray animals in the streets and rescued animals in shelters, how to treat animals safely and how to take care of them properly.
The lessons are interactive – younger children have a chance to learn through play, older children lean through debate, working on case studies and preparing presentations for their peers. There are lots of visual materials used at the lessons. Lessons can be held in Russian or English and are conducted by 2 full-time teachers.
At the end of each lesson children receive a gift and a certificate of completion.
Our programme is the first of its kind in Russia. It has been approved by a well-known UK charity Dogs Trust and our teachers have received their training.
We currently conduct lessons in Moscow and Moscow region and we can also conduct lessons further afield by way of live lessons through a video link.