The Humane Education (HE) project of the Ghana Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (GSPCA) has started its 2014 lessons at the Trust Academy School in the Adenta Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.
The 2014 lessons, centered on animal welfare activities, are expected to last eight weeks and six basic schools have already been registered.
Amasaba Abdul-Yakeen Aluizah, Coordinator of the project and Humane Educator for GSPCA, said this in a statement copied to the Ghana New Agency on Tuesday.
The Trust Academy participated in the first project that ran in 2013 and continues to demonstrate a great zeal for the humane education programme, the statement said.
According to the statement, in the first project the school selected 20 pupils for the lessons but ended up having 22 and currently 32 pupils are registered for the course, even though 30 were the initial estimated number.
With exception of the extra two, all 30 pupils are provided with study material.
It said the Humane Education project is GSCPCAs flagship activity while the HE lesson was piloted in 2013 in four schools within the Madina La Nwkantang Municipality and the Ayawaso Sub metro, all in Accra.
The project is applying the “catch them young” approach by impacting on school pupils the knowledge of basic care and handling of animals.
At the end of the project, GSCPA believes the pupils would develop an attitude of kindness to animals and also be agents of change in their communities.
Mr Benjamin Ansong Darfour, Headmaster of Trust Academy, expressed gratitude to GSPCA for making the course available to the pupils and appealed authorities to expand the project to benefit greater number of the pupils.
The pupil’s expectations include acquisition of knowledge to guide them to know how to treat animals and protect them against diseases as well as educate the public about the dangerous disease of animals and how to prevent them. GNA