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Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences

 

Community outreach


Pretoria School for Cerebral Palsied, Physically and Learning Disabled Learners and

Word Alive Christian Pre-School & Day Care

 

On the 14th of August 2013 a ewe, a lamb and five enthusiastic students from the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences visited the Pretoria School for Cerebral Palsied, Physically and Learning Disabled Learners as well as the Word Alive Christian Pre-School & Day Care as part of a community outreach. 
The children enjoyed the interaction with the sheep immensely and the feeding and petting caused of a lot of excitement. It was a truly memorable day and we hope this long term community project will keep on having the same positive effect in the years to come.

Our visit served as a valuable educational outreach tool to enable these children to come into contact with livestock. These children (aged 2-7) are taught about farm animals in school but have no means or opportunity to witness any up close and personal. Limited funds and transport and the different individual needs of each disabled child from the Pretoria School make it difficult to undertake excursions. The fact that most of the children are wheel chair bound or require wheelchairs when an excursion is planned complicates the matter further

Special thanks our senior post-graduate students who assisted as well as the Hatfield Experimental Farm, the Department of Animal – and Wildlife Sciences, the Ethics Committee as well as the marketing staff of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences for making this day possible


From left to right: Paul Teague, Herman Mynhardt, Sune Myburgh, Divan Swart and Casey Courtman. (We are immensely proud of you!!!)
 


The last and final recognition however must definitely be given to the ewe and her lamb, true Tukkie sheep, who were at their best behaviour and changed a child’s life forever!