Joining The Dots Humane Education Programme

Pam Ahern is the Founder and Director of Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary, a not for profit haven for rescued farmed animals.  Hear of Pam’s inspiring journey, from rescuing a tiny piglet, to giving up her successful equestrian career along with her secure fulltime job, to championing the cause of farm animals with the view of creating a kinder and more compassionate world.

“From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to bed at night, everything we do and everything we say tells the world so much about the kind of people we are.  But who are we? Are our ideas and beliefs really our own or are they ones we have inherited from others and never really thought that much about?” Pam Ahern

Joining the Dots takes participants on a thought provoking non- judgemental journey that touches on the key issues of social justice, animal cruelty, sustainability and human health.  Taking a look at the complex web of connections that cause people to make the choices they do, individuals are encouraged to develop their own sets of values regarding how they should live.  The program is age appropriate and does not contain any graphic images. Our activities meet learning objectives in the areas of language, media studies, ethics, biology and animal behavior.

The way in which children are socialised and how they develop societal values is grounded in their interactions with others. In many instances, these interactions come in the form of a child’s first relationship with animals.  For many, the first lessons that allow a child to develop empathy for others stem from their experience with the family pet – is Rover happy? Has he been fed? Does Fluffy like having her tummy rubbed? Seemingly inconsequential interactions with the defenceless goldfish or the family’s pet bird can go a long way to building up a belief system regarding the treatment of others. With physical, verbal and cyber bullying all major concerns for today’s younger generation, the perception of differences and lessons regarding how we treat those whose appearance, actions or beliefs differ from our own have never been more valuable. Teaching the importance of kindness, caring, compassion, responsibility and respect for others has not only practical benefits for the ‘other’ but it also goes a long way toward enabling the decision makers of tomorrow to be thoughtful, empowered and fair individuals.

Edgar’s Mission is a not-for-profit farm sanctuary, with over 400 rescued animal residents, it provides a unique learning environment on its 153 peaceable acres in Lancefield just one hour north of the Melbourne CBD. If you can’t come out to us – then we will come to you!

Please note we do not charge for outreach visits for incursions however donations are greatly appreciated and will allow us to continue our live saving and changing work. Minimum group size required is 15 students and groups over 40 will need to be split into two and cycled through the day.

Should you like to arrange a visit or find out more about our Joining The Dots programme please contact our founder and director Pam Ahern [email protected]