TTT Education and Teacher Training with Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA)
October 19, 2016
Bali is a beautiful Indonesian island with volcanic mountains, rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. It is known as an island of a thousand temples, and celebrated for its highly developed arts: traditional dance, painting, and music. Many people visit Bali for its nightlife, surfing and beaches, or for its food, yoga and meditation retreats.
However, in Bali poverty, lack of education, and traditions that condone cruelty to dogs are often part of life. Animal welfare in Bali is not widely recognised, resulting in tens of thousands of cruelty cases every year. There is a general lack of understanding of dogs as sentient beings among children and adults. Dogs are often either free-ranging without adequate food, shelter and veterinary care, or chained or caged in inhumane conditions. Unwanted puppies are frequently thrown away. In 2008 the dog population was estimated to be approximately 600,000. With the outbreak of rabies and the ensuing mass culling, the number dropped to approximately 120,000 dogs. Aside from organised culling due to the rabies situation, hundreds of dogs’ lives are lost every week to the dog meat trade, acts of cruelty, disease, motor vehicle accidents and basic neglect. The situation is dire and the magnificent animal that is Bali’s Heritage Dog is under threat.
Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) is a non-profit organisation, working to save, protect and improve the lives of all animals in Bali and beyond. BAWA directly relieves the suffering of animals by providing emergency response and rescue, food and medication, rehabilitation and adoption. BAWA practices humane population control, disease control and runs intensive education and advocacy programs for sustainable improvement to animal welfare now and into the future. A key focus is Bali’s Heritage Dog, the island’s genetically unique street dog.
Bali’s only free 24/7 animal ambulance service
Free sterilisation & vaccination programs
Daily Street feeding
Foster and adoption programs
Education in schools & communities
Advocacy for better animal welfare
Bali Animal Welfare Association’s work is funded entirely by grants and donations.
BAWA is convinced that the key to sustainable change to dog welfare lies in education. When society’s young people are on the right side, half the battle is won. BAWA’s work in communities and schools is showing that education at grassroots level is the key to driving real change, as children take their lessons home to their families and their communities. This change to community attitudes and behaviours has the potential to make a real difference to the future of Bali dogs. BAWA go into public schools and communities five days a week, teaching students about animal welfare, safety around dogs and rabies prevention, and helping them to learn compassion for dogs and end cruelty. BAWA’s approach focuses on working with communities over a long period of time. Working with schools, families and community leaders, BAWA are slowly helping to bring about a long term change in attitude towards animals.
Children take their messages and practices home and influence their communities. Mind-sets begin to change and eventually we see villagers become so proud of their healthy animals … it’s amazing.
Train The Teacher is proud to be part of the BAWA team as a consultant on curriculum development, materials design and teacher training. The TTT curriculum and training programmes are developed to ensure content and delivery are appropriate for the local context, and our fusion approach incorporates a set of interactive teaching techniques and activities for active processing and discovery, balancing the traditional teacher-led methodology with a more learner-cantered approach.