|School Education Programme
We run an educational programme in 10 local schools in the Niamina
district of The Gambia, covering equine care and welfare. This programme is taught to
children in Grades 5 and 6 where the children are typically between 9 and 12 years old.
Young boys are usually the main carers for the family's animals in The Gambia so by
providing them with education about how to correctly care for their animals we can help to
make an immediate difference.
The school education programme covers basic management
practices, appropriate handling, harnessing and information about equine diseases, illness
and injuries. Many of the problems that we see with working animals could be prevented if
their owners had the correct knowledge and knew what to do in an emergency situation.
Our lessons are focussed around being as fun and
interactive as possible to ensure that they are very memorable for the children. This
often results in great hilarity amongst the children and helps the children to absorb the
information more easily and retain what they have learnt.