What is the objectives and guidelines for IEC for animals?
Objectives 1. To create public awareness on the role and importance of animals (domestic and wild) to the general public. 2. To teach and inform the younger sector of the society on the basics of the importance, role, proper husbandry and management of domestic animals. 3. To inform the general public of the importance of protecting the animal’s habitats, including the aquatic species, and the conservation of the Philippine biodiversity. 4. To promote animal welfare and all its considerations. It may include welfare for the domestic animals, including wild and domestic aquatic forms, livestock, working animals, research animals, and animals in entertainment.
Domestic animals for the IEC * may include domesticated dogs, cats, and horses * should be in a healthy state or condition, free from any external skin lesions and parasites as certified by a licensed veterinarian * should be of stable temperament and non-aggressive in behavior Aquatic species for the IEC * may include tropical fishes like goldfishes, carps including koi, tetras, black mollies, guppies, swordtails, cichlids like tiger barbs, angel fish * should be in a suitable and required environment ex. fishbowls, aquaria Wildlife, including laboratory animals, for the IEC * NOT really encouraged, specially for the younger children! * animals should only be from registered breeders or raisers
Wildlife: * animals should only be handled by trained or experienced individuals * should be deemed healthy and free from any disease as certified by a licensed veterinarian. REMEMBER: * Wildlife includes any wild varieties, its stages of development, or ages of BOTH plants and animal species. * Wild animal species, including wild fish species, should be in the wild or its natural habitat and NOT in any home, zoological park (dependent on conditions and animal welfare considerations), cage or enclosure, or any environment aside from its natural habitat.
REMEMBER: * The IEC is NOT meant to encourage the public to take care of wild animals or to engage in ILLEGAL WILD ANIMAL TRADING and/or BUYING!! Instead, it should manifest our desire that wild animals should be in its natural state, habitat, and/or environment at all times!!
The Group: (consists of 5 members in a group) Don M. Velasquez Leader Patrick Chua Asst. Leader Jason Rogero Charles Chang Richard Oclarino members
Choosing a school / learning center and age / level of students Our group decided to conduct the said activity to Notre Dame of Greater Manila at Madre Ignacia., Grace Park, Caloocan City. This institution is where the group leader, Don Velasquez, is a graduate and an alumnus of Notre Dame since grade school. Our first target to conduct the said activity was on Dec. 14, 2008 during its Family Day Celebration. Because it was a Family Day event, the variety of students will be from kinder up to the college level. Since it was a big event for that institution, some problems occur during the processing of the activity. The letter should be raised up first to the legal council for some clarifications, questions, and approval. Due to the administrators’ busy schedules and errands to the upcoming event The letter that the group made was not entertained. Because there is no respond with the legal council, lack of time, venue, and requirements, we found out 4 days before the Family Day celebration that the said activity was not approved.
Choosing a school / learning center and age / level of students So we decided again after the Christmas break to again consult the institution to know what happened. So they told us what happened and what was lacking on our letter. And because they have no overview about the activity that we will make, we discussed it to the administrator of what really will be happen during the event and what would be the objectives for this. After that discussion, they gave us another chance and they will try their best to process the letter that we will made again. So, we made again another letter with the complete requirements attached to it. So the target of our next activity would be on January 21, 2009. But then again, it was lift up to the legal council but the legal council had no respond to the letter. So the Principal of the High School area decided that she would pursue the activity but with some limitations and conditions.
Choosing a school / learning center and age / level of students Now, the range of the students will be the High School (11-18 years old). The activity was held last February 02, 2009 on the Barangay court of the High School area during their lunch breaks. We decided to conduct it on lunch breaks of the students to prevent class disturbances.
<ul><li>The pets that we brought during the IEC activity are the following: </li></ul><ul><li>toy dogs (shitzu and pug) </li></ul><ul><li>Turtle </li></ul><ul><li>Cock </li></ul><ul><li>Chicks </li></ul><ul><li>Fishes </li></ul><ul><li>Eggs </li></ul>
Here is the flow of the program that will turn out on January 21, 2009 on Notre Dame of Greater Manila during the Information Education Campaign (IEC) for Animals activity. This program is prepared in order to organize, manage, and control what will take place on the said occasion. As the letter states, it is said that this will transpire during the break time of the students to prevent class disturbances. This flow of program is just temporary and presume. It can have little changes up to the last minute when there is unforeseen circumstances. Furthermore, the said time of program is fixed and shall be followed.
PROGRAMME 8:00 - 9:00 am Setting up of booth Preparation of games Conditioning of Pets 9:00 – 4:00 pm Interaction between pets Discussions Introduction of pets Proper Grooming Animal Ownership Animal awareness Animal Cruelty Forum Film Showing Animal Cruelty Animal awareness Games Quail Egg guessing 12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Feeding and resting hour for pets 4:00 - 5:00 pm Closing Cleaning up of the booth
PROGRAMME 9:00 – 11:00 am Setting up of booth Preparation of games Conditioning of Pets 11:00-11:30 am Final preparations Go signal for the start of the program 11:30-1:30 pm Start of the Program Games Quail egg guessing Film Showing Animal cruelty and rights (videos taken from PETA) Interaction of students and Pets Discussion proper 1:30 - 2:00 pm Closing Cleaning up of the booth
General guidelines on animals that are brought onto school campus during the IEC event. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information that will promote health and safety for staff and students when animals are brought into the classroom. Many times inadequate understanding of animal disease and behavior can lead to unnecessary risks for students, teachers, staff, and animals. Whenever animals are being brought into a school, or when students are being brought to a place where animals are present, a person designated by the school (e.g., the principal, nurse, risk manager, etc.) shall be notified first so that planning and preparation can take place prior to student-animal interaction. We take sure that animals that are brought onto school campus be clean and healthy so that the risk of their transmitting diseases to students is minimal. Children tend to be more susceptible to Zoonotic diseases and parasites than adults due to a lack of hand washing and the tendency of young children to put their hands in their mouths. Therefore, animals that are handled during the symposium should be well groomed and free of internal parasites, disease, etc. to decrease the likelihood of the animal transmitting these vectors to the students. Visiting animals should be restricted to an area designated by the principal or administrator.
<ul><li>Animals to be brought to school </li></ul><ul><li>For the safety of the children, the group decided to bring only small, harmless animals to secure the protection of the children and also the animals for any unexpected accidents that will occur during the IEC occasion. The animals that will be brought inside the school premises are the following (this are temporary and can be change due to condition of the pets): </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rabbits </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chickens and chicks </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fishes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Avian species (birds) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Toy dogs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Common insects (the one that are safe) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Verified rabies vaccination. </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of current rabies vaccination is required for all dogs, cats, and ferrets that are brought onto school property for instructional purposes. Dogs and cats under three months of age and not vaccinated against rabies should be not handled by children. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Student contact with animals </li></ul><ul><li>Even very tame animals may react aggressively in strange situations; therefore, student contact with animals should always be supervised and regulated by a few basic rules. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Because increased activity and sudden movements can make animals feel threatened, all student contact with animals should be highly organized and supervised. Animal bites can usually be avoided if students are kept in small groups, and rough play or teasing of animals should not be allowed. </li></ul><ul><li>It is recommended that children not be allowed to feed pets directly from their hands. </li></ul><ul><li>Small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, and mice should be handled with leather gloves whenever possible. Rabbits do not like to be held and will struggle to free themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Children should be discouraged from "kissing" animals or having them in close contact with their faces. This statement is especially true for reptiles and amphibians. </li></ul><ul><li>The children can touch the animals provided that they be should assist </li></ul><ul><li>by adults. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Student contact with animals </li></ul><ul><li>Education with animals should be used to reemphasize proper hygiene and hand washing recommendations. All children who handle animals should wash their hands immediately after handling them. </li></ul><ul><li>Animals should not be allowed in the vicinity of sinks where children wash their hands; in any area where food is prepared, stored, or served; or in areas used for the cleaning or storage of food utensils or dishes. Animals should also be restricted from nursing stations or sterile and clean supply rooms. Do not allow cats or dogs in sand boxes where children play. </li></ul><ul><li>Members of the group shall have a specific designation places to see the animal’s condition and the children’s actions </li></ul><ul><li>Animals have their own specific cages, containers, collars, and aquariums to avoid unexpected actions of animals. </li></ul><ul><li>If ever the children were bitten or scratch by the animals, they must be </li></ul><ul><li>given first-aid and must rush them to the nearest clinic for proper </li></ul><ul><li>medication. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Handling and disposal of animal wastes while on school campuses </li></ul><ul><li>Clean Up of Animal Wastes. Children should not be allowed to handle or clean up any form of animal waste (feces, urine, blood, etc.). Animal wastes should be disposed of where children cannot come in contact with them such as in a plastic bag or container with a lid or via the sewage system for feces. Food handlers should not be involved in the cleanup of animal waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Prohibited Areas. Animal wastes should not be disposed of, and visiting animals should not be allowed to defecate in or near areas where children routinely play or congregate (i.e., sandboxes, school playgrounds, etc.). </li></ul>
<ul><li>General guidelines for documenting the Information Education Campaign (IEC) activity </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation is proof of participation in a particular educational activity. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information that will promote safety, privacy, and confidentiality for school staffs, students, and teachers when participating in all the activities that will go down during the IEC event and furthermore to prevent gratuitous chance for students, teachers, and staff exposing them outside the school premises. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are the following guidelines: </li></ul><ul><li>The photographer should capture pictures at the back portion of the students </li></ul><ul><li>The photographer should take indistinct or far-away pictures as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is not avoidable to catch pictures with the students, the group shall hide from view the face of the students and staffs by blurring their faces or placing black line on the eyes to inhibit exposure when published. </li></ul><ul><li>The students are not oblige or force to make poses during the event. </li></ul><ul><li>One camera only should be used in the activity </li></ul><ul><li>If it is taken as a video, it must be taken from far-off or distant place. </li></ul><ul><li>As much as possible the shots must be taken only on the animals, </li></ul><ul><li>the group members, and the booth. </li></ul>
<ul><li>General guidelines for documenting the Information Education Campaign (IEC) activity </li></ul><ul><li>After the event, the group shall set off to the administrators for them to catch a glimpse of the shots and the videos happened throughout the event. </li></ul><ul><li>After the pictures and videos are being in print for documentation purposes, the group shall give the administrator copies of the shots and videos for evidence and also for their documentation </li></ul><ul><li>The pictures and videos must be in private and properly set aside in a secure place to avoid promotions. </li></ul><ul><li>Any conformity that will be agreed upon between the school staff’s and the group regarding the documentation of the activity shall be implemented by the group and shall be strictly followed. </li></ul><ul><li>We make in no doubt that the documentation will be only available in our report about the EIC event and we make it a point that it will not be used in any advertisements or promotions. Any questions regarding the documentation of this activity shall be asked and shall be answered by the group before the event takes place </li></ul><ul><li>to avoid confusion. </li></ul>
<ul><li>In the flow of program, our group mention that we have games in which the student can try, participate, and appreciate animals in their own way. The games are made in order to have student participation and this is also one way to interact with animals. Here are the following games, their respective objective, and instructions that can occupy and amuse the students: </li></ul><ul><li>GAME: HERE COMES THE EGGS: QUAIL EGG GUESSING </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To get the exact number of eggs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To further understand where the eggs came from </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To appreciate the characteristics of eggs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Materials: </li></ul><ul><li>Ballpens, papers, quail eggs, container, prizes </li></ul>
<ul><li>GAME: HERE COMES THE EGGS: QUAIL EGG GUESSING </li></ul><ul><li>Materials: </li></ul><ul><li>Ballpens, papers, quail eggs, container, prizes </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students shall sign first in the registration paper for their active participation and for their recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The moderator will give one small paper to the students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The students shall write their estimated number of eggs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The students will give their paper to the moderator for checking. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Result: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If the student got the right number of eggs, he/she will be given a certain prize. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After that, another round of quail egg guessing will be prepared. </li></ul></ul>
When we arrived at the venue, as we can see, the students are much busy with their activities in their own subjects. Some are playing badminton for their PE class, some are doing experiments in their sciences classes and some are practicing for their cheer dance for the upcoming Sports fest. So we decided to set up the booth so that we would be ready for the activity and for the GO signal of the HS Principal. During our set-up, some students seem to be curious of what would be happening for that day. And because we are on the Barangay court, the students who are in the vicinity seems to notice what we are doing. We set-up first the audio-visual materials that we would need during the Film Showing. Then we tested the Movie. For just a second, the students seems to watch the film and noticing that it would be an animal show or something. The Lunch break came, some students were looking at our booth first from a far just to take a glimpse of the event. Some where curious why we have pets and why is there a film showing about animal cruelty. And for them, it is very rare to see such an activity like this done in their school. But when they saw the animals on our booth, they immediately went to the venue and interact with the pets. All were glad because they could touch the pets although the Principal wants to prevent the students to hold the pets. Some got to watch the movie very seriously and give their comments about it. They really had such fun watching the movie, interacting with the pets and playing with the game we made.
Reaction of the students Because we only made the event for almost 2 ½ hours due to the condition of the principal that we will only present it during lunch, it was quite a bit short for them because they have only 1 hour to stay outside the classroom due to their lunch break. Actually they want more. They want to have more interaction with the pets and to have more glimpse of the movie.. So they did was they just maximize the time seeing the pets and touching them. Some criticized the movie that was shown. They have many bad comments about animal cruelty. If you just saw in their faces when they saw the cow was slaughtered. They got mad, some get disgusted and some got pity on the animals. On the game that we made, many students try to figure seriously how many eggs does the container have. Some are very serious that they count one by one the eggs. Some have fun guessing and wants to try and try again until they get the prize. Some students drag their friends to see and interact with the pets and play with the quail eggs. It is such a good learning activity for all the students to raise their awareness on animal ownership and animal rights. And for us, we also learned many things about the student’s experiences on pets.
<ul><li>Questions of the students: </li></ul><ul><li>Here were the questions that the students asked during the event </li></ul><ul><li>What is the objective of our activity? </li></ul><ul><li>What we conduct this activity to their school? </li></ul><ul><li>If we are lacto vegetarian </li></ul><ul><li>Basic questions like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the breed of the dog? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the names of the pet? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the foods that they take? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>5. Are the dogs need vaccinated? What are the vaccination needed? </li></ul><ul><li>6. Why do dogs wag their tails? </li></ul><ul><li>7. How great is the sense of smell in dogs? </li></ul><ul><li>8. Why do cats sleep so much? </li></ul><ul><li>9. Are there some breeds of dogs that are better suited for homes with children? </li></ul><ul><li>Do cats need to get vaccinated every year? </li></ul><ul><li>Should I frequently bathe my dog? </li></ul><ul><li>12. When is it time to consider euthanasia? </li></ul><ul><li>13. Why shouldn’t I feed my pet table scraps? </li></ul><ul><li>14. What is the best dog food? </li></ul><ul><li>15. Most animals used for food, fur, or experiments are bred </li></ul><ul><li>for that purpose, so what's wrong with using them? </li></ul>
The participants came from the High school area. They are the 1 st -4 th year students. Some school staff also joins the event. In the game that we made, we have the following names that take part in the guessing game. And they are: Dennis Galapin – 4 th yr Whubert Maningas – 2 nd Danny Maat – 2 nd Les Paul Sanez – 2 nd Emmanuel Castro – 2 nd Anthony Salen – 2 nd Perry Macapinlac – 2 nd Rodney Ragoza – 2 nd Marielle Aricheta – 1 st Bien Paolo Mual – 1 st Robby Raven Navarro – 1 st Roger Jason Santos – 1 st Chohan Sigh – 1st Kimberely Vega – 1 st Joshua Borbe – 1 st Miguel Dionisio – 1 st Glenn Arnold Angeles – 1 st Nina Esguerra – 4 th Phelbuz Licen – grade 4 Ma. Mercedes Maliwat – grade 4 Jay Ralf Evgenio – 2 nd Faith Ballesteros – 3 rd Alesyl Miranda – 4 th Clayere Inton – 4 th Arvind Kumar – 3 rd Christelle Lao – 3rd Lloyd Diatre – 3 rd Ching Sacharine – 3rd