Working alongside SPCA Malta and in conjunction with the Government of Malta (including the Ministry of Education and the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment), we lead a drive to educate the population in responsible ownership of their pets. Pictured here is the new Education Officer for Dogs Trust in Malta, Christina Pace.
We have a large scale youth education program aimed at all educational facilities in Malta, running alongside an extensive neutering and responsible pet ownership campaign on the island. The program promotes responsible pet ownership messages to primary school children – this age-group is ready and able to absorb and understand new information, yet still young enough to be forming opinions and behaviors. It will also be a perfect way to approach the older generation through the children talking about our messages at home with their parents.
In its first three year of operation, Dogs Trust has spoken to over 23,000 students!
Christina Pace is passionate about animal welfare with a particular preference for dogs. As owner to two rescued dogs, being involved in animal shelters as a volunteer and with other dog owners through the local dog school, Christina developed a passion for learning all about dogs. It was natural for her to want to pass this information on to improve the quality of life of man’s best friend.
Workshops that motivate
Christina’s workshops are free for schools to book and offer a range of topics based on responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs.
The program is divided into 3 themes:
- A Pet’s Needs
- Staying Safe Around Pets
- Responsible Pet Ownership
These themes have been adapted to focus on local needs and issues.
Who do the workshops target?
Christina’s workshops are tailor-made for primary students in year 1- 6. Separate workshops are conducted for classes with approximately 30 students and last about 30 – 45mins. Workshops are also available for school assemblies.
What happens in a workshop?
The workshops are always positive and upbeat – to encourage (rather than enforce) correct behavior around pets, leaving the children with lots of positive thoughts on responsible pet care and the benefits to them, the animals and their community.
The sessions are very interactive with lots of room for discussion, debate and role playing. The main teaching points will always be summarized at the end of the workshop and children are left with a classroom poster pledge and a personal certificate.
Benefits for the community
By talking to schoolchildren and providing exciting, fun and informative workshops, we are raising awareness of the importance of responsible pet ownership.
It strengthens community relationships – for pet owners and non-pet owners – by creating an awareness of the consequences of irresponsible pet ownership.
You can contact the Education team on:
(Mobile) 77 66 1000