Canine professors look set for a busy time as the new school year begins
After enjoying an extended summer holiday, our Professor Paws team was eager to get back to school recently. The early closing of schools because of swine flu infections last term meant that three schools missed out on their Professor Paws visits as the term was cut by up to a month. These children however, are top priority and are already scheduled for replacement lessons this coming term.
The school year ahead is looking busy for Professor Paws, with 15 of the 19 schools we visited last year already confirmed for more lessons. We also have several new schools signed up for time with the Professors.
Not only are the schools keen on having Professor Paws visit, but new volunteers have also been keen to get busy. Over the summer, we have had 21 potential new volunteers, eager to see how they can help with the programme.
Professor Water is surrounded by his adoring fans!
Professor Paws got off to a bit of a rocky start this term as the first lesson had to be cancelled due to a typhoon, but since then all is running smoothly. The Animals Asia team of Jasmine and Claire, together with volunteers and our wonderful doggy teachers typically visit schools four to five times a week, fanning out across Hong Kong on their mission to bring an understanding of and respect for animals to children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to ever engage with animals.
Learn more about Professor Paws, book a visit for your school or find out about volunteering here.
Students line up to meet Professor Yat Yat and learn the correct way to approach her.
English language worksheets are diligently completed.
Professor Paws Co-ordinator Jasmine, and Professor Cordelia lead the class.