Nichola Kriek - Head of Education, SAFE for Animals
Bringing humane education principles that focus on the interests of animals into mainstream teaching and learning can present a challenge for educators. SAFE has been creating a humane education programme designed to capitalise on the principles, key competencies, and values on which the New Zealand curriculum is based. Participants in this session will receive an introduction to the NZ educational and animal advocacy context and an overview of the Animals & Us programme. Learn about the challenges SAFE has faced in creating the programme, the response they have had so far, and their plans for the future.
About our Speaker:
Nichola Kriek has worked as a humane educator in New Zealand since 1994. Creating awareness of the human-animal relationship in order to promote a more compassionate and caring existence for animals has been the main aim in her work. Initially, Nichola worked for Wellington SPCA where she developed and delivered an outreach programme for schools and community groups, produced and published a children’s magazine, ran an active junior SPCA members club and implemented an animal-assisted therapy programme. Nichola joined Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE), as Education Officer in 2004. In this new role, she extended the scope of humane education in order to reach a national audience. In 2007, SAFE launched ‘Animals & Us,’ a humane education programme designed specifically for secondary schools. The aim of this programme is to create a humane education framework that advances knowledge and critical thinking about the relationship between humans and non-human animals, while fostering attitudes and values of compassion, respect and empathy. Five comprehensive textbooks have been produced and distributed to New Zealand secondary schools. The response has been overwhelmingly positive by both teachers and students alike.
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