Teaching the "Be a Friend to your Dog" program in remote Indigenous communities: schoolchildren and educator perceptions

Lloyd, J., and Sorin, R. (2013) Teaching the "Be a Friend to your Dog" program in remote Indigenous communities: schoolchildren and educator perceptions. In: Proceedings of the Australian Institute of Animal Management Annual Conference. From: AMRRIC/AIAM 2013: Meeting in the Middle: a cooperative approach to animal management, 15-17 October 2013, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper introduces and provides an evaluation of a teaching resource package developed by Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) entitled 'Be a Friend to your Dog' (BAFTYD). Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia have stated the need for raising the level of awareness, empathy and responsibility towards community animals. Hence, the BAFTYD program has been delivered to children in the school environment and to community members in remote Indigenous communities in the NT to promote and maintain positive attitudes and behaviour towards animals, and to help people stay safe around dogs. The BAFTYD program aims to work with the community in a manner which is culturally sensitive and agreed upon by all parties. Ultimately, the project aims to support existing teachers in the community and Indigenous Animal Management Workers (AMWs) to deliver key animal welfare messages to schoolchildren and other community members. The provision of the teaching resources to the educators who reside in the community will help to ensure that the program is locally relevant and sustainable.

Item ID: 29958
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
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Funders: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Commonwealth of Australia, Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS), Commonwealth of Australia
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2014 23:28
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
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