by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Since its launching in 2012, RSPCA of PNG’s education program aimed at educating the growing young population on the importance of saving unique fauna, has by far, reached nearly 50,000 students attending primary schools within the nation’s capital.
With increasing climate change impacts and human activities destroying the environment and the natural habitats for animals and plants, this educational program aims to educate as many young people as possible on the importance of saving this unique animal species. As today, many unique animal and plant species are at the brink of vanishing for good.
Examples of these unique animal species includes the country’s pride, the bird of paradise, and the cuscus. And doing nothing to save them today will leave a sad story for the coming future generation.
RSPCA PNG, in partnership with RSPCA Queensland and Australia, have designed this educational program to help raise awareness and educate young Papua New Guineans.
During the visiting programmes, students are given two posters discouraging the trade of wildlife and the importance of saving, and the roles they can play in saving this unique animal species.
So far, the awareness programs have seen positive results and outcomes from the schools visited. More awareness programmes will continue to reach out to the many schools to educate as many young children as possible.