New Practice of Life Education

Recently, the news that students of a secondary school in Guangxi can bring their own pets to school has aroused public concern. 

The “Convention on Civilized Pet Ownership” was developed, and the convention states that each class can first select a favorite pet, and the students will fill out the content of the “Pet Admission Card” including the pet’s health immunization document number and submit it to the school’s office for review and stamp, and after passing the pet’s “account”, the pet can be brought into the school.

In addition, the “Convention on Civilized Pet Ownership” also calls for “independent management and scientific pet ownership”, to love it when you choose it, to accompany it carefully, and to never abandon this “small family member”. We hope that students will feed and take care of their pets with love, responsibility and humanistic empathy. We should feed and walk the pets regularly, do daily labor cleaning and sanitation, and conduct annual health checkups, so that we can build a garden-style “large happy animal garden” for the pets.

From the school’s response, we can understand that allowing students to bring their pets to school is not only to create a warm and pleasant learning atmosphere for the students, but also to let them understand what “responsibility and love” are in the process through the relevant design, and to implement the life education curriculum in their daily lives.

Genlin, the founder of the World Dog Alliance (WDA), said, “It is not easy to achieve such progress in Nanning City, which is the result of the hard work of numerous activists.

Over the years, the WDA has not only promoted legislation to ban dog meat, but also initiated the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats, in an effort to improve national civilization and build a harmonious environment for people and nature. At the same time, it also focuses on education, hoping to bring about some progress through various methods and channels.

In April 2017, with the impetus of the WDA, Taiwan passed a law banning the eating of dogs and cats, and in 2018 included animal protection education in the curriculum of 12 years of basic education, the first of its kind in the world. 2021, the WDA worked with members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council to identify pilot schools in Hong Kong to take action to teach basic animal protection, and submitted a proposal to the Hong Kong Legislative Council to revise the textbook education guidelines to add a section on caring for animals. In April 2022, the Ministry of Education (MOE) published a booklet on animal care and education.

In April 2022, the Ministry of Education published the “Labor Curriculum Standards for Compulsory Education”, which included animal rescue in the service labor of primary and secondary school students, marking a milestone in the history of education and animal protection in China. The WDA has again written to the government committee calling for further inclusion of animal protection and respect for life in uniform national textbooks, so that students can receive life education from an early age and develop the correct values.

We hope that more schools will participate in this “education for life” class, because only through education with love can we nurture a loving future.