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Flock of Birds

Special Days

Certain days in the calendar are INTERNATIONAL DAYS in order to shine a spotlight on important aspects of human life.  All lesson plans are underpinned by the Five Freedoms for Animals as endorsed by the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH).


Once again, 16 Days of Activism are upon us to raise awareness of the scourge of domestic and gender-based violence.

One of the best things we can do to break the cycle

of violence is look out for warning signs before it happens.

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20 November
World Children's Day

As we celebrate World Children’s Day, it is important, as parents and teachers, that we do everything in our power to protect our children from the impact of violence in all its forms.

For learners in the Intermediate and Senior Phases.

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05 October
World Teachers' Day

On this special day of the year, Nature-based Education pays tribute to teacher Vivienne Rutgers whose belief in the value of nurturing empathy in her learners, is helping to reconceptualise the fundamentals of Education.

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09 October
World Migratory Bird Day

An extraordinary bird finds its way to South Africa for its annual Summer migration.

Download the lesson plan on the awesomeness of the Amur Falcon.


09 October
World Migratory Bird Day Activity

Learners can use the template provided to craft a miniature version of this amazing bird, as a festive season gift for a loved one.

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09 October
World Migratory Bird Day Activity

"Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life."

Never in the history of mankind have we been compelled, on a global scale, to reconsider the way we produce our food. The United Nations’ Food Systems Summit 2021, has urged all 193 member states to do just this – for the sake of climate change, and our own survival.


To commemorate World Food Day 2022 Nature-Based Education invites senior school teachers to offer learners an understanding of the issues involved through our freely downloadable curriculum-aligned lesson plans on the Topic: Health, Social and Environmental Responsibility, for Grade 8.

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24 January
International Day of Education

It is important to note that the language we use influences the way we think and act.

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21 February
International Mother Language Day

Read this engaging story that teaches the universal principle of balance in all things.

In English, we call this the principle of give and take. In isiXhosa, we call it Ina ethe.  In The Story of Thabo and Thabisile by Tozie Zokufa we are reminded that give and take applies to our relationship with farmed animals too. 

Suitable for Foundation Phase and Second Language Intermediate Phase learners.

Forest Trees

Extensive research demonstrates that use of forests contributes to reducing stress and promoting more positive moods and feelings.

In children, forests help to get healthy mental and social development.  

21 March 
International Day of Forests

This 2023 calls for giving, not just taking, because healthy forests will bring healthy people.

See a special project in South Africa, changing landfill into forest. View Lesson Plan Grade 8 from slide 13 - 16.

Healthy forest for healthy people

When we drink a glass of water, write in a notebook, take medicine for a fever or build a house, we do not always make the connection with forests. And yet, these and many other aspects of our lives are linked to forests in one way or another. The theme for 2023 is "Forests and health.”

Forests give us so much to our health. They purify the water, clean the air, capture carbon to fight climate change, provide food and life-saving medicines, and improve our well-being.

It’s up to us to safeguard these precious natural resources.

The United Nations declared 21 March the International Day of Forests to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. 

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Conserving and sustainably using forests is one of the best ways of protecting our planet and ourselves. Healthy forests are vital for all aspects of a healthy planet, from livelihoods and nutrition to biodiversity and the environment, but they are under threat. It’s up to us to safeguard these precious natural resources.


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22 April
World Earth Day

As never before, there is a groundswell of human awareness that compels us to participate in the healing and restoration of our magnificent planet.

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22 April
Mother Earth Day

Let us be sure to include Mother Earth in all that we  treasure and value.

Understanding metamorphosis and the important life lesson we learn from a butterfly.


23 April
World Book Day

World Book Day is an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing and copyright.


Download our Kittens story and have fun with this awesome activity!

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04 May
International Respect for Chickens Day

All animals deserve basic respect, and on 4th May it’s the chicken’s turn, the day United Poultry Concerns (UPC) has designated for raising awareness of the suffering so many chickens endure. 

Most hens that lay the eggs we eat are kept in tiny cages known as battery cages. This way of farming became part of the industrialisation of agriculture in the 1950’s and is commonly called ‘factory farming’.

Zimbabwean, Sanele Ndlovu is one of many, many people around the world campaigning for better lives for chickens and an end to factory farming.  

Read about what Sanele is doing to achieve this in the downloadable article below.

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08 May
World Donkey Day

Just like the work of humans is celebrated on International Workers’ Day on 1st May every year, donkeys too are deserving of respect and dignity and the right not to be exploited.


Choose an option below.

The story in the language of choice will be below the Lesson Plan.

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15 May
International Day of Families

No matter how many people the family consists of,  it is true to say that a loving and supportive family is something to be treasured. 

Choose an option below.

20 May
World Bee Day

World Bee Day is a reminder of the vital role of bees in the global ecosystem. Plants that provide our food - like fruits, vegetables and nuts - all need bees for pollination and without bees, our food supply would drastically decline. 

Also refer to our lesson plans for Grade 2 Term 4, slide 18   Grade 8 Term 3, slides 4 - 6

31 May
World Parrot Day

This day highlights the threat to wild and captive parrots throughout the world. It’s also a day to learn more about this intelligent and magnificent bird.

Craft a bird house

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28 September
World Rabies Day

South Africa has an important role to play in reaching the World Health Organization's target of ZERO cases of human rabies spread by infected dogs, by 2030. 

28 September
World Rabies Day Comic

This comic about rabies prevention was selected for the Department of Education’s Project 1207 in 2021.

Choose an option below.

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02 October
World Farm Animals Day

The content of this lesson plan includes:

  • A puppet show on bullying and the feelings we share with animals

  • Puppets to handcraft from the templates provided

Suitable for primary school learners from Grade 3 upwards

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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.

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