Hirers: Schools

Education is a very important part of conservation. We will get nowhere without passing on what we have learnt to the next generation and disseminating results to the general public. The Rose report that was recently published about primary school education has put an emphasis on environmental education and a multi-disciplinary approach to learning.

MASC makes an effort to complement the education children are receiving in the classroom and at home. As well as subject-learning the children also have a chance to develop creative, presentation and interpersonal skills during the workshops. Within a creative curriculum the play is cross-subject and brings together geography and science as well as these personal skills. These multi-modal styles of learning allow children of different strengths to take away as much as possible from the experience.

Key learning points Save Your Last Rolo-way

  • Highlighting an endangered species – which has its own merit and can possibly act as a ambassador species for the area
  • Portraying human conflict – to see why it is important to be informed in the West
  • Showing the situation from many different stakeholder's perspectives - to encourage thinking of others and an ability to empathise
  • Positive ending – to breed hope and not enforce an image of humans being fundamentally destructive (Symons, 1996)
  • Call to action – to empower audience and encourage lasting conservation efforts. The two key ways to help will be through ethical consumerism and spreading the word

Key learning points Muna the Monkey

  • Encouraging empathy for animals - which would hopefully promote kind behaviour to all animals
  • Making the audience aware of the pet trade in exotic animals - to encourage them to think about human actions from another perspective
  • Bittersweet ending - to remind the audience that once an animal has been taken from the wild they can never return so it is better to never do it than to 'save' one from captivity
  • Call to action - to empower the audience and encourage lasting conservation efforts.

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