Lessons in animal welfare

RSPCA has launched an animal welfare education program. (Supplied)

Children can learn about all creatures great and small during lockdown as part of an online education program.

The RSPCA’s Victorian education team has created a free online animal wellbeing: awareness, responsibility and education (AWARE) program, to help fill in some time during lockdown.

RSPCA Victoria’s education and training manager Belinda Marchbank said AWARE provides simple yet effective tools to help educate children about animal welfare.

She said while many children have pets at home, a significant number of children don’t have regular interaction with animals, so animal welfare education plays an integral role in creating a kinder future for all animals.

“We know that teachers, parents and children need support with activities and resources while the COVID-19 restrictions keep Victorian children in remote learning,” she said.

“While Victorian children are having to adapt to a new type of learning, RSPCA is supporting parents and teachers alike by providing additional tools that create entertaining learning pathways.

“AWARE provides engaging lesson plans and information that will assist in educating the next generation about what good animal welfare includes.”

Details: www.rspcavic.org/aware.