World Wildlife Day is celebrated every year on 3 March. This is one occasion to celebrate the beautiful forms of flora and fauna found in nature, and at the same time understand the importance of its conservation and its benefits to people and nature.
The UN proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day with the aim of raising awareness of the urgent need to step up and fight against wildlife crimes, which have wide economic, environmental and social impact.
On this day, we can do our part by teaching our children about the nature, wildlife and its importance in life. Children these days are so disconnected from nature, that they hardly go outside and spend time. For them, animals are those that are seen on TV and on their laptop screens. And for a few, they are just creatures that exist in a parallel universe. It is our duty as teachers, parents and guardians to teach children and tell them about how important wildlife is, and the integral part it plays in maintaining balance in the universe.
For pre-school kids
Pre-school kids love animals. In class, they can be told to talk about their favourite wild animal and what they like about it for 2 minutes.
The child can be told to create a new wild animal and tell the class a unique quality about the wild animal he/she has created.
For middle-school kids
Activities are enjoyed by children of all age groups. Collage can be a great activity for middle school. Topics such as 'Extinct animals', 'animals and their natural habitat', etc. can be given to them. Children can form groups of 2 or 3 and create a collage. These can be displayed in the school later.
For high-school kids
Students of higher classes love talking, debating and discussing issues and topics. They can be given various topics on the lines of wildlife and be told to hold a debate on it or to just discuss it in class.
The topics can be -
1. Do you think 'World Wildlife Day' is a good initiative implemented to conserve wildlife?
2. Are human activities disturbing the natural habitat of the wild animals?