Our lecture program received a new name and website this year – Share the World! Topical content was added to the program dealing with the connection between the global trade in animals, phenomena such as the coronavirus pandemic, and the decimation of the Amazon rainforest.
During the year, our education team delivered 374 lectures and workshops, in 187 different schools and institutions, to 20,000 teenagers and adults, from all over the country, in Hebrew and in Arabic! We gave presentations at the global company Salesforce, at Tel Aviv University’s environmental studies program, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the environmental department of the Hevel Eilot Regional Council, and sustainability events at Tel Aviv Municipality – to name just a few.
We adjusted to life during a pandemic – holding lectures online via Zoom and developing new interactive approaches, including online quizzes, surveys, and discussions. The number of visitors to ‘Live Act’, our lesson plan site, reached an average peak of about 10,000 users a month! The site has dozens of lesson plans on animal rights, in Hebrew and Arabic, sorted by field of study and age. As part of the transition to learning from home, our education team developed lesson plans and online sessions for teachers. In preparation for Earth Day and Animal Rights Day in the education system, over 4,000 educators used the lesson plans we circulated on social media or joined the WhatsApp group we opened this year – ‘Teachers for Animals’.
We held 23 lectures and workshops for around 1,000 educators on animal rights education, in collaboration with the Animal Protection Division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. In the summer, we held the fourth conference on education for animal rights and sustainable nutrition, ‘What’s the point?’, this time in an online format and in collaboration with ‘Life and Environment’ and ‘Green Course’. The conference was attended by about 70 educators, who presented a variety of exciting initiatives and activities, including a school that decided to change its cafeteria to vegan food, a teacher who taught classes on environmental issues and factory farming on the Ministry of Education’s national broadcast program, and more!