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Message from our Founder

​In response to the call for nature-based education by United Nations’ Secretary General, António Guterres, The Humane Education Trust offers this free-to-use online platform as our legacy to the children of Africa.


Louise van der Merwe dedicated 33 years to the introduction of humane education in schools around South Africa and beyond. A pilot project on the impact of our resources on Grade 3 learners was presented to an international audience at the Summer School of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in July 2019.

Click to see the video of this important milestone in the evolution of humane education.

Increasing sensitivity to animals and humans


Nature-based Education

Nature-based education redefines our relationship with nature and supports the United Nations’ call for...

global investment in nature-based education

recognition of nature’s intrinsic values in order to change societal behaviour over time

stronger protection of animal welfare to help build human-nature connectedness

the integration of nature in urban areas through green architecture, infrastructure and access to nature


What we do...

Teaching towards a better tomorrow for all

South Africa's learners. First-ever curriculum-aligned lesson plans that teach and support the UN’s concept


Our Lesson Plans...

All our lesson plans are underpinned by the


as endorsed by the

World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH)

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The world is redefining its relationship with animals, moving away from domination and exploitation towards respect for their immense sentience.


Our education system needs change, for us… and the rest of earth’s inhabitants too! A different outcome depends on teaching for a different outcome.

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. 

If we do not do something to prevent it, Africa's animals, and the places in which they live, will be lost to our world, and her children, forever.



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Our Lesson Plans meet the call by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, to everyone, everywhere,

to make peace with nature.


" Our war on Nature has left the planet broken. Nature is striking back with growing force and fury. Making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century. It must be the top, top priority for everyone, everywhere." 


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To hasten the repair and restoration of our world, it is imperative our youngsters get involved.

To achieve this, they need to know more! Much more!

They need to know why and how!

They need our online Lesson Plans.


Our children will begin to understand António Guterres'

call to action through the UN's One Health concept, recognising that human health, animal health and environmental health are inextricably interconnected,

with each dependent on the other.


This concept is endorsed by the

World Health Organisation (WHO),

the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO),

and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).

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All lesson plans support the South African Constitutional Court’s historic judgment in 2016, noting that…


Animals have intrinsic value as individuals


Animals are sentient beings capable of suffering and experiencing pain


Guardianship of the interests of animals reflects constitutional values and the interests of society at large


Animal protection safeguards the moral status of humans and the degeneration of human values

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Humanity is our work. Help spread the word.

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