Our last newsletter issue featured a story about University of Pretoria vet students who used GARC’s Want a Friend? Be a Friend! booklet while participating in the community engagement portion of their training. The students traveled to local primary schools and taught students how to prevent dog bites and how to prevent the spread of rabies in communities that are at a high risk for rabies exposure. Here, we return with three more stories from the vet students on how they used the Want a Friend educational booklets in the classroom.
In South Africa, the Rabies Educator Certificate (REC) has been integrated into the veterinary college curriculum at the University of Pretoria. This year, the vet students were asked to train primary school students on dog bite and rabies prevention. Here, we share three stories where the Want a Friend? Be a Friend! booklets were used to teach about the importance of taking good care of dogs and understanding how to behave safely around them.
Zimbabwe’s animal welfare agency, VAWS, has conducted a number of rabies vaccination campaigns in 2017 throughout the country, immunizing and sterilizing over 6,000 dogs, in addition to their education, outreach and training programs to promote animal welfare.
After completing GARC’s Rabies Educator Certificate, a group of students from Enactus Motilal Nehru College carried out rabies awareness campaigns for other school students and for children from a nearby slum.
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Fifty education students from Mariano Marcos State University in Laoag City, Illocos Norte in The Philippines participated in the Rabies Educator Certificate (REC) in December 2015. Dr. Eva Macugay, biology professor, conducted this rabies awareness campaign with her students after taking the REC herself and continues to encourage others to take the REC.
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