Animal welfare competition for schools now open

Pupils have the chance to have their illustrations published in a magazine

A new competition has been launched for schools which combines global animal welfare with creative skills.

The free competition contributes towards Eco-Schools accreditation under the global citizenship topic and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Awards, while also linking to the KS2 and KS3 geography curriculum. It also covers UN Sustainability Goal 15: life on land.

Pupils have been asked to illustrate the story of Ekari, an orphaned elephant in Myanmar, who was rescued by the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) after being snared by poachers.

The winning entry will be professionally illustrated and published in WVS’ Young Vets Club magazine. A framed copy of the illustration will be sent to the winning child and school.

This will help them better understand the responsibility we have towards the animals on our planet, so they can raise awareness in their communities

The competition was created by WVS’ international education manager, Nicky Cook, who said: “I am thrilled about the launch of this competition which gives pupils all over the country the opportunity to learn about a massively important global animal welfare issue.

“It is a great project for pupils in Eco-School groups to lead on. They can look deeper into the problems of animal trafficking and logging. This will help them better understand the responsibility we have towards the animals on our planet, so they can raise awareness in their communities.”

Amy Marshall, head of science at Walhampton School, an independent school in Hampshire, said the school has signed up: “It’s a great way to be teaching our students about the massive issues facing animals worldwide and they’re really excited to show off their creativity.”

WVS is also giving away 250 free memberships to its Young Vets Club. The first 50 schools to submit entries can select five students to receive the offer, with all other entrants receiving 30% off their first years’ membership.


Download the competition resource pack. All entries must be returned to the charity by Friday 27 March.

Has your school signed up? Let us know your thoughts on the competition by emailing jo.golding@wildfirecomms.co.uk

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