Pioneer school children learn to prevent future pandemics
Ten year old Yuteng studies at an ACTAsia pioneer school in Guangzhou, where we teach our unique Caring for Life curriculum.
He recently won a competion for a poster, themed ‘Say no to wildlife consumption’. Here’s the video his parents helped him make to explain how he feels.
Yuteng is one of hundreds of children at his school learning how to avoid triggering a pandemic as serious – or worse – than COVID-19 in future. He has learnt that hundreds of millions of wild animals are intensively farmed for commercial purposes every year, and he understands that these animals are a breeding ground for viruses.
In Caring for Life class (CFL), Yuteng and his friends learn the fundamental life skills of empathy, compassion and responsibility for people, for our planet and for all the species we share it with. They learn that animals are sentient, just like us, and that eating wildlife presents serious dangers to public health.
Our CFL curriculum for schools is helping children understand that people and nature are connected. We use scientific evaluation to measure the difference that ten lessons in Caring for Life made for children.
- lower rates of aggression in the classroom and at home
- more responsibility for themselves within their own community
- better understanding of others’ emotions
- a growing sense of fairness
- motivation to help others.
ACTAsia’s goal is to teach Caring for Life Education to 10,000 children every year.