What’s the link between donkeys, jellybeans and school?

OK, I admit, that’s not an easy question to answer, unless you bought the Weekend Argus of 5 February 2011 and, instead of tossing away all the small inner sections and focusing solely on the sports and the business sections, you happened to glance at the Jellybean Journal, which is that little four-page insert for the young’uns.

Resting in the shade of the large tree

If you had, you would’ve seen a big front-page picture of Patricia from the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor, and three of the donkeys they look after, together with an inspirational article. It starts as follows:

“Donkeys could become your classroom friends, helping to make lessons more fun for you and your friends. Patricia Hall, a teacher who lives in the village of McGregor, where the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary is, has created a wonderful resource pack for teachers, who can use various sections when teaching pupils subjects such as numeracy, literacy and life skills.”

Article in the Jellybean Journal

For the last two years, teachers from a number of public primary schools in the Western Cape have tried out this resource pack in their classes, ‘test-driving’ it so to speak. Their response: “they all welcomed it as an excellent, user-friendy and entertaining teaching aid, filled with activities from mind maps to crossword puzzles.”

As a result of the positive reception, and official approval, the resource pack under the name of Donkey Nibbles is being launched this month at schools in the Western Cape.

Shy Sheila smiling contentedly

I think this is an excellent idea.

Not only does it teach essential skills such as reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, but – even more importantly, I think – it can shift children’s (and adults’) consciousness towards a greater appreciation of donkeys as intelligent, affectionate and lovable creatures, deserving of humane treatment rather than the cruelty, neglect and abuse that they suffer so often at our hands.

In case you haven’t heard about this marvellous home for rescued donkeys, have a look at my previous posts with piccies:

And if you haven’t visited the place yet, please do. And take some time to just hang out and chill with the furry donks… get to know them a little… and let the peace of that beautiful place seep into your heart. And if you feel so inclined, you could always adopt one of these delightful creatures. 😉

Feeding time

2 thoughts on “What’s the link between donkeys, jellybeans and school?

  1. Hi Reggie, thanks so much for your e-mail reply and your wonderful news on Eseltjiesrus. Yes-Yes-Yes, Donkey is a ver-r-ry special, handsome young fellow and I love little Amy so-o-o much!!!
    Happy writing and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to you and yours!!!

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