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  • Capacity Building, Education & Awareness


Focus Area 3: Capacity Building, Education & Awareness

It is difficult to appreciate that “which one doesn’t comprehend”. Therefore, ANAW appreciates the need to ensure that appropriate sensitization of the populace in our different program areas on the OIE animal welfare standards is done. This is implemented by tailoring various initiatives to specific target groups in the most effective way. ANAW has therefore developed (through collaborations) elaborate training seminars, workshops and conferences to serve as platforms for equipping officers from various government authorities, institutions of higher learning and like-minded civil society organizations with adequate and up-to-date knowledge on animal welfare standards and policies.

Evidence from various research has indicated that experiences and lessons learned at a tender age influences the morals of the individuals even at adulthood. It is in the backdrop of this that we undertake various initiatives in schools to impart basic concepts on animal welfare in children aged between 7 and 13 years. Ultimately a generation compassionate to animals will be ideally achieved. To successfully achieve our impact to those relatively older (those within the youth bracket) our thought process as mentioned earlier focuses on a collaborative approach with like-minded public and private institutions and organizations where this target audience is found.

The general understanding and perception of animal welfare in the community at large is wanting. This is best addressed by creating awareness on the best animal welfare standards and how they can be upheld. We endeavor to equip the communities we work with on innovative ways of supporting their animals to ensure that the ‘output/productivity’ of these animals is not in any way to their detriment or that of the farmer. This is achieved through various approaches such as social media, audio visual aides, publications, branded promotional merchandize, etc. Currently, specific projects being ran through the capacity building, education and awareness platform so as to ultimately improve the welfare of animals and consequently that of humans include:

  • Intra-agency consultative collaborative forums on wildlife and environmental crimes.
  • Promoting alternatives to harmful use of animals in research, education and testing.
  • Promoting Animal Welfare in Schools-the PAWS project.
  • Good agricultural and developmental practices and bio-safety campaigns.

1. Enhancing Inter-agency collaboration on wildlife & environmental crimes

The National Judicial Dialogues have brought together relevant state law enforcement agencies to chart the way forward in effectively implementing the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, (2013) through multi-agency forums. ANAW and the Judiciary Training Institute have convened six National Judicial Dialogues and three Trial Advocacy Training sessions between December 2013 and December 2016. Some of the key outcomes of the dialogues and training include drafting the amendments to the Wildlife Act, 2013, passing of stiffer wildlife-crimes related penalties, establishing an inter- agency collaboration framework to share and access intelligence information.

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2. Promoting alternatives to harmful use of animals in research, education and testing

Thousands of animals die during experiments and demonstrations in university teaching and training methodologies. Over time, innovative methods have been invented to replace the use of live animals in learning environments. Unfortunately, the majority of such institutions in Kenya and the concerned personnel are not aware of those alternative methods to the use of live animals in experiments. ANAW is working with these institutions, organizations and like-minded individuals to promote these innovative alternative methods through workshops, trainings, education and awareness.

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3. Promoting Animal Welfare Education in Schools (PAWS)

To work towards humane treatment of all animals in communities, attitude change is deemed as a critical pillar for the success of ANAW’s mission. Supported by findings from research information collected over time, ANAW has endeavoured to promote a value based education program that moulds young minds into compassionate individuals on the welfare of animals. This approach led to the establishment of the program called ‘Promoting Animal Welfare in Schools-PAWS’. The program entails recruiting primary schools into the animal welfare clubs targeting 50 children from class 4-7 (mostly children aged between ages 7-13). In these clubs, basic principles on animal welfare are taught to the pupils for a one-year period.

The program employs an informal teaching methodology through such activities as discussions, games and puzzles which encourage critical thinking, close observation, problem solving and empathy development. Such children are then able to make decisions on their own regarding negative perceptions and myths about animals from an informed perspective.

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In 2013, ANAW in partnership with SPANA (an international working animal charity that works all over the world, providing support from emergency care and aid to free veterinary services) introduced the PAWS program in eight (8) schools drawn from two (2) counties. The program has since expanded to 40 schools spanning over 5 counties i.e. Machakos, Makueni, Kajiado, Nairobi and Kiambu counties. This far, a total of 5850 young minds have been moulded and impacted with knowledge on animals and animal welfare. This is expected to translate to attitude change in approximately 5850 households within the different counties, ultimately resulting to Humane treatment of animals in these communities.

4. Undertaking Community awareness on Animal Welfare

Good Agriculture practices and bio-safety campaign

Image titleANAW’s Biosafety project seeks to contribute to improving policy and legislative environment for sustainable agricultural practices in Kenya and elsewhere in the region. As a member of the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition, KBioC, ANAW supports coalition activities to promote environmental health and the well being of animals.