Humane Education was introduced in the Greyton area in 2015 by another NPO started by our founder, Nicola Vernon, Greyton Transition Town. With funding from Humane Society International, the programme grew to encompass all six schools and all 2500 school age children in the valley comprising the four villages of Bereaville, Vorstekraal, Genadendal and Greyton. Teachers saw improvements in behaviour, more focused children and, ultimately, improved grades.
The two main champions of the programme, Nicola and the President of Humane Society International, Andrew Rowan, then left their posts, Nicola to focus on the sanctuary and Andrew to set up a new NPO, Wellbeing International. The two are now fundraising to set up the programme for sustainability so that, working in conjunction with the Department of Education, it can be rolled out nationwide. The programme continues to be delivered by one part-time environmental/humane educator but the sanctuary would like to provide at least three qualified full time educators to fully implement the programme within the curriculum in the local schools. We aim to team up with a university to monitor and assess the programme and its impact as it unfolds. Our next step would then be to help teacher training institutions to incorporate humane education into their curriculum for student teachers.