On last January 16th an educational programme aimed at the children attending elementary schools in Medgidia has been launched. Thanks to an Italian foundation’s financial contribution, STD has been able to train and employ a part-time teacher in charge of the lessons. Alexandra (here depicted with her students) took part to a training course organised by the English dog welfare charity Dogs Trust, and then tailored the contents to the specific Romanian framework. The international organization WSPA provided us with a free layout for printed didactic materials, while the stuffed animals that are given the children have been generously offered by the Italian supporters.

The purpose of the programme – which foresees 4 hours of lessons each class within January and June 2012 – is teaching the children to be conscientious masters of their own dogs, recognizing their needs and respecting them as sentient creatures. During the lectures, Alexandra discusses about straying and birth control, animal welfare and STD’s tasks in the country. Several children have succeeded in convincing their parents of sterilizing their own pet, and our trainer is surrounded with enthusiasm. All the schools in Medgidia have joined the initiative except the Muslim school, although we hope to persuade the relevant school principal soon. At the moment the project is financed for 6 months, however we would like to go on involving Cernavoda’s schools. For the summer we have foreseen a range of outdoor activities, such as visiting our mobile clinic, which may be parked in schools’ courtyards, and STD’s sterilization centre.

We strongly believe that among the desks that we involve today there are the volunteers of tomorrow, those who will promote change in these towns which are still culturally backwards but enclose a high potential in future generations. On this potential STD intends to invest its future. To check all the pictures please click here. See below the short reportage (in Romanian) made by local broadcast Alphamedia: 


You can give your contribution to the educational programme
by means of the usual terms of payment on STD’s account.


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