S.O.F.A STUDENT CHAPTERS
At the core of its objectives SOFA engages Universities, Local communities and schools with the aim of changing mindsets with regards to animal welfare. Noted herein below are some of the activities undertaken by our student chapters at Great Zimbabwe University and at University of Zimbabwe.
1. GREAT ZIMBABWE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS CHAPTERSpeak out for animals, Great Zimbabwe University students’ chapter was launched in March 2018. The Chapter has already started to share some of the information they are receiving from SOFA. In Commemoration of World Wildlife Day, Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Tugwi Mukosi, organized a quiz at Shongamiti high school. GZU SOFA students chapter attended the event and took the chance to teach the students on the importance of conservation. 2018 World Wildlife day focused on Big cats’ conservation. The students chapter distributed literature on Big cats to add on to the knowledge they already had. The Students learn from public lectures, discussions as well as outdoor experience through visits to SPCA, game parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
2. UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE STUDENTS CHAPTERThe SOFA Students Chapter at the University of Zimbabwe has enjoyed the opportunity of learning from various animal sanctuary including Twala and Wild is Life Animal Sanctuary. Coupled with public lectures and discussions, the sanctuary visits equip the students with knowledge to advocate for animal rights. The students get to share this knowledge when they visit local high schools teaching high school students on animal welfare and animal law. The words of Bill Bullard that,
“The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound larger than the self-kind of understanding”.