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Newly-launched guidelines by the UN to the Rights of the Child 

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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.



Please make a contribution to our efforts to raise human consciousness so that the animals in our care can lead healthy lives in accordance with the Five Freedoms for Animals 

Your donation is tax deductible!

For every donation, The Humane Education Trust will issue a Section 18A Tax Certificate for you to hand in to SARS.


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.

We offer curriculum-aligned resources for teachers from Grades R to 12 as well as Storybook Readers for Foundation & Intermediate Phases.

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Thank you Gauteng Department of Education!

Nature-based Education is pleased to announce that four of our resources have been selected by the Gauteng Department of Education for inclusion in its current Projects 1980 (Library Rescources) and 2028 (LTSM).

The selected resources are:

Animals and the Seasons  •  Friends Don’t Bite  •  I’m a very special modern-day Dinosaur  •  The Great Cage Escape   

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

Nelson Mandela


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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 for 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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Track Record

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Humane Education’s track record includes:

  • Feather Award sponsored by First for Women Insurance Brokers for ‘tireless and selfless work to bring attention to the plight of animals in South Africa’ (2011)

  • Award by City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department for ‘outstanding contribution and commitment to humane education and environmental awareness in the City of Cape Town’ (2013)

  • Inclusion of 34 resources (readers and videos) by the Department of Education as Learner-Teacher-Support-Materials in its school libraries catalogue     

  • Analytics from log-in forms requested from teachers before free access is given to our Nature-based Education online platform show that from January 2022 to date, more than 97 schools and 11 996 learners were reached.

  • The compilation, editing and production of 86 issues of Animal Voice, the only national magazine on animal rights in South Africa, between 1991 and 2021. See and click on ‘Archives’. 

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