Global environmental programme offers free resources

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Connections: One of the schools taking part in the international schools programme is Baan Dong School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Pupils are pictured during an animal welfare lesson

A global environmental programme is connecting schools and students around the world while offering support and resources exploring animal-related issues.

Many of the topics being tackled by the initiative have been brought to the fore by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme has been launched by the international animal welfare charity Worldwide Veterinary Service and the first lesson is available as a free resource for all schools.

Nicky Cook, the charity’s education manager, who devised the scheme, explained: “Children around the world will be returning to school – more aware than ever about global issues; having all shared the restrictions of lockdown. Our international schools initiative builds on this shared experience, allowing children from different countries and backgrounds to explore the world around them while finding all that connects them to their global peers.

“Crucially, the scheme fosters an innate understanding of the interconnection between ourselves, animals, the living world and the environment – turning the next generation into global citizens.”

Schools signing up receive three terms worth of fully resourced sessions to run the scheme with a class or club. Member schools join a global network through which they can connect with schools internationally to share experiences and resources.

To mark the launch of the network, the charity is giving away free resources to all schools. The key stage 2 and 3 lesson plans, presentations and tasks for those still learning at home explores the pandemic, helping children understand the cause, global response and the impact on our lives and the world as a whole.

Participating schools pay just £300 for their annual membership.

Interested schools can access these free resources and find out more about the International Schools Initiative by visiting


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