The 31st of January, 2014, Go Wild! with Jane Goodall was proud to present a workshop at Musicalion, before thousands of spectators, children and adults alike.
Pablo Arosemena and Paola Espino, both 5th graders and devoted lovers of snakes, spiders and scorpions, presented "Killing is not the Answer", with the goal of teaching other kids that even if some animals are ugly or dangerous, that doesn't mean we have to kill them. Pablo and Paola explained how these animals help us, and how to avoid unpleasant encounters with them. They finished their presentation by passing around their own educational drawings so that children in the crowd could color them.
Juliana Etchelecu of the 7th grade presented her documentary "The Mystery of the Carey Tortoise", which she and her classmate, Juliette Orillac, filmed and edited as part of an interactive lesson they designed for kindergarteners. Their goal was that the kids would bring their message about the urgency of protecting the Carey Tortoise home to their families, and in so doing, help curb the consumption of the tortoise's eggs and meat.
Andrew Eisenmann of the 6th grade spoke of the marvellous world that exists right in our own garden: the world of the butterflies. Through his project "Counting Butterflies: the Thermometer of Our Forests", he presented interesting facts about butterflies, like how when they flap their wings while resting, they're actually warming up their muscles for the next flight. The workshop ended with hundreds of kids painting butterflies, which they then glued onto an enormous banner of butterflies.
We'd like to thank the Fundacion Aria, and especially Madelaine Leignadier, for inviting us to participate in this marvellous cultural activity. This was an excellent opportunity for our passionate young program participants to transmit their love of nature and wildlife to a wider audience throughout the country.