Hens helping kids to learn
Jane Howorth, founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust, gives an update on their news
LEARNING WITH HENS
You don’t need us to convince you that hens are wonderful, funny, endearing little creatures. Which is exactly why the British Hen Welfare Trust has chosen to develop a learning programme aimed at primary school children using hens as the focus. Our feathered friends are at the heart of this new programme which will help pupils explore food, farming and animal welfare topics and gain the knowledge and skills to make food choices that are healthy for both themselves and for farmed animals.
The charity has worked with freelance educational trainer Hannah Garcia, who has almost single-handedly put together a wealth of information, workshops and downloadable resources for schools. The programme is not just designed for schools who already have hens, as we have volunteers who are able to bring their own hens to the classroom. Rather it is aimed at any school which wants to help its pupils understand the issues surrounding food production and farming, healthy food choices and animal welfare.
The programme is made up of three parts: six curriculumlink resource packs which are
SPONSOR A HEN ARTISTIC EGGS
free to download; workshops which can be led by our trained volunteers and their hens; a Re-homing in Schools handbook, which is also free to download and will help the school prepare for and re-home their own hens.
If you’re a teacher or parent and would be interested in finding out more about the learning programme, simply email email@example.com. There are chicken lovers out there who for whatever reason may not be able to keep the birds themselves. The BHWT developed its Sponsor a Hen scheme for precisely this reason – it lets the recipient become a part of a re-homed hen’s life while knowing they are helping more just like her enjoy their freedom. Sponsoring a hen is a great gift for a child or loved one, or just to keep for yourself! We’ve got six great hens to pick from and you can sponsor any of them for just £4 a month. Visit bhwt.org. uk for more info. It goes without saying that we value each and every single one of our fundraisers – we simply couldn’t save hens without them. And recently a very special fundraiser took place which raised in excess of £1,000 for the charity. CultureLabel, an art gallery, commissioned 12 of the UK’s most popular artists to each decorate a wooden egg, which were then auctioned off during April to raise money for the charity. We are incredibly grateful to CultureLabel for hosting such a unique, and successful, fundraiser. They have helped save hundreds of lives.
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