What have Baby Rhino Rescue and its youth ambassadors been up to? Their school year-end with a number of fun-filled activities aimed at making school kids into little activists!! At one international school in Dubai, in partnership with BRR, lots of learning about rhinos took place, led by the school’s very own student council. Kids took a stand against poaching by stamping their feet on a giant banner, marched for rhinos, brainstormed how to protect rhinos in the future, wrote poems, and letters to South Africa’s president asking for his help in saving rhinos. Books about child activism and animal rights were keenly read; documentaries about poaching were aired. Facts about rhino poaching were pasted around the school and Dora, the little baby rhino orphan mascot, was born 🙂 With the music of African drums and to the chant of we welcome you, the 3 weeks of activities culminated in a special assembly where our ambassadors addressed the students. Our message to them: keep up the great work and remember the rhinos over summer. Being such a profoundly international city, kids from all around the world live in Dubai. Up to 75 nationalities can be found at an international school in Dubai. This means that if each student takes the message of rhinos with them on their summer travels, the message of rhinos can be far reaching! Here are some ideas we gave the students: make posters or iMovie clips and share it wth others; never buy ivory EVER but especially when traveling when it may seem tempting; on your birthday, rather than gifts, ask for donations to send to rhinos; encourage people to donate and adopt. We are so inspired by the youth and what they can do! Let them be prepared for the future they will face. Leadership starts now and no-one is too young!
So what’s next? Our ambassadors are already planning for World Rhino Day and are super excited to be working with a great group of kids in South Africa: The Crash – Kids against Poaching. Watch this space for more!