By Harry Hodge
An international bilingual school in Phu My Hung got up close and personal with a special ranger to learn about a species that’s in danger.
Wilderness Foundation Africa brought both awareness and a special visit from their rhino ranger to Grades 1, 2, and 4 students at newly opened Royal International Bilingual School in District 7. With the trade of rhino horns being a hot topic, with Vietnam being far and away the top market where poachers and black marketeers ply their trade, the young students learned about this issue with a child-friendly approach to open their eyes on the matter.
“It’s important to teach kids about rhinos because it helps them to be respectful to other animals, and learn to love other species and the environment,” said Thu Huynh, project co-ordinator the Wild Rhino group in Vietnam. “And because Vietnam used to have rhinos, so it’s part of their legacy and responsibility to protect rhinos.”
The children learned about different species of rhino and which ones are endangered both in Asia and around the world, as part of their study of animals in their science curriculum. They also got the chance to sign banners supporting wildlife conservation and take photos with the superhero-like rhino ranger afterward. Children will also have an opportunity to take part in an art contest next year that the Wild Rhino group conducts with schools throughout Vietnam. Students in high school who take part in Wild Rhino contests can compete for the opportunity to see wildlife up close at a game reserve in South Africa.
“It’s important our student body is aware of organizations that preserve wildlife and endangered animals,” said Jon Barrett, director of the International Curriculum Training Center (ICTC) at Royal International Bilingual School. “Wild Rhino is a great source (of information) for that.”
For more information about the Wild Rhino initiative, visit www.wildrhino.org. For information about Royal International Bilingual School, got to http://www.royal.edu.vn or visit the school Facebook page.