Education is one of the most powerful tools NGOs can use to address global issues, from poverty to climate change to animal abuse, especially in countries lacking substantial educational infrastructure. As it struggles to maintain the fabric of its society, crisis-stricken Greece continues to face ever-increasing animal welfare problems.
Until now, our education effort has included school writing competitions, interactive (role-playing) workshops, specially designed leaflets with quizzes and information, partnerships with commercial organisations, and more. To further shape and strengthen our organisation’s actions during this crucial period, we are working to get our messages right to the heart of the state school system, and that means delivering them via the Greek national curriculum. If we can achieve this, animal welfare concerns will no longer be seen as an “optional extra” element in everyday life but become established in the minds of the young as part of what it means to be a responsible citizen growing up in Greece today.
Our aim is twofold: to address the causes of the underlying problem and to provide relief of their symptoms through:
- deepening and widening respect for life and individual living beings in parallel with promoting the understanding of mankind’s position as just one element in the web of life on earth.
- the promotion of a sense of personal responsibility for the quality of life that animals – particularly domesticated ones – experience as a consequence of their interactions with humanity.