The best way to create a culture of respect and responsible treatment for animals and thereby reduce many of the social problems associated with irresponsible animal treatment is to include animal welfare in the curricula in the Republic of Serbia. It is necessary to nurture and develop a sense of respect for animals and nature through the program of preschool, primary and secondary education and upbringing, and to build a responsible attitude of children towards them. The contents of the classes on animal welfare and nature conservation comprise knowledge, skills, attitudes and values about the care and needs of animals, the environment, issues of social justice and civil ethics. They are so much more than that. These contents, in addition to giving knowledge about animal welfare and nature conservation, are designed to improve a child’s ability to empathize with living beings, to empathize with what an animal feels, which is a positive incentive to nurture a compassionate attitude toward humans in general and the environment.
“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” (Bradley Miller)
Through the “ORCA EDUCATION” program, ORCA openly advocates the inclusion of animal welfare in the formal education in the Republic of Serbia. ORCA achieves this by proposing the inclusion of animal welfare and nature conservation in the curricula of all subjects, supporting publishers in the preparation of textbooks and teaching aids that will meet the requirements of education on animal welfare and nature conservation, providing support to educators, teachers and psychological and pedagogical services for the implementation of content on animal welfare and nature conservation in everyday work and educational work with children and young people. ORCA conducts its activities in cooperation with educators, teachers, psychologists and pedagogues, professional associations, faculties, relevant institutions and international organizations.