ABOUT

WHY ANIMAL HISTORY IN SCHOOL?

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Animals in our shared history are like an “elephant in the room,” something huge that is missing from our education. We, humans, need to understand the enormous contribution of animals in human history because many important historical events simply could not happen without animals. 

With two non-fiction books and one documentary movie, our worldwide project of Animal History in schools is now ready for global implementation. Our project was officially launched with a global petition with a demand to UNICEF to support an Animal History Curriculum worldwide. In the petition, we also requested inclusion to the UN Animal Chair in the General Assembly, based on the original idea by Muhamed Sacirbey, UN Ambassador, from 2014. 

We believe that these two requirements complement each other because they are both aimed at the United Nations as a place from which these changes can be initiated.

The major plan for Animal History Curriculum implementation in the schools worldwide is: 

a) to submit a petition with demands to the UNICEF president or the UN president; 

b)  the film premiere on one global channel on that day, 

c) to open an Animal History Exhibition in many cities around the world on the same day, creating a landmark global event. All in the same day, the Animal History Global Day.

This will drive the attention of the public, media, educational boards, teachers, education ministers, etc. Also, as part of the worldwide event, we will announce our second demand: the UN Animal Chair in the General Assembly.

FOR SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION MINISTRIES WORLDWIDE

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Our activities will be also focused on communication with educational boards and education ministries. We invite all interested to contact us to send them more details, as well as material for teaching Animal History from age 12, separately or as part of classic History. To start the cooperation, we suggest the introduction of Animal History experimental teaching in selected classes and schools, after which the results will be summarized.

The main tool of Animal History curriculum is the ‘Animals in Modern History’ non-fiction book, planned as a school textbook. Also, the educational version of the documentary ‘Animals: A Parallel History’ is an appropriate visual complement to the teaching, the content of which coincides with the content of the book.

Chapters or lectures in the textbook are not arranged chronologically, but divided by topics: Animals in Warfare, Meat Industry, Animals in Entertainment, etc. The curriculum covers the history of the last 300 years, from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. 

This is a key historical period of human civilization in which animals were turned into ordinary things for the benefit of humans, just as the philosopher René Descartes (1596 -1650) argued that animals were unfeeling machines unable to think, and what was Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715) later further explained in his quote: “Dogs, cats, and the other animals, have no intelligence, no soul in the sense in which thus the concept is usually understood. They eat without pleasure, cry without pain, grow without knowing this. They have no desires and no knowledge.” 

We are sure that by introducing the Animal History curriculum in schools, we will eliminate this barbaric and insensitive attitude towards animals that is regressing humanity.

 Our activities will be also be focused on communication with educational boards and educational ministries. We invite all interested parties to contact us for more details, including materials for teaching Animal History from age 12, separately or as part of classic History lessons. To start the cooperation, we suggest the introduction of Animal History experimental teaching in selected classes and schools, after which the results will be summarized.

The main tool of the Animal History Curriculum is the, ‘Animals in Modern History,’ non-fiction book, planned as a school textbook. Also, the educational version of the documentary, “Animals: A Parallel History,” is an appropriate visual complement to the teaching, the content of which coincides with the content of the book.
Chapters or lectures in the textbook are not arranged chronologically, but divided by topics: Animals in Warfare, Meat Industry, Animals in Entertainment, etc. The curriculum covers the history of the last 300 years, from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. 

This is a key historical period of human civilization in which animals were turned into ordinary things for the benefit of humans. The philosopher René Descartes (1596 -1650) argued that animals were unfeeling machines unable to think. Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715) further explained in his quote: “Dogs, cats, and the other animals, have no intelligence, no soul in the sense in which thus the concept is usually understood. They eat without pleasure, cry without pain, grow without knowing this. They have no desires and no knowledge.” 

By introducing the Animal History curricula in schools, we hope to eliminate these barbaric, insensitive, and incorrect attitudes towards animals. These false, centuries-old ideas persist in modern times, which is indicative of a lack of proper education of animals. Without a new approach and understanding of the Animal Kingdom, humanity will continue to facilitate a false narrative based on the gross misrepresentations of Descartes and Malebranche.

MOVIE SCREENING

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If you are planning to show ‘Animals: A Parallel History’ documentary movie at your school or at a public venue, you can purchase a screening license.

The price of screening depends on the number of screenings, places, audience size, etc.

ANIMAL HISTORY EXHIBITION

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As the third part of the school program, we also recommend the great exhibition ‘Animals: A Parallel History,’ which can be organized in your city, school, museum, or other venues. The size of the setting depends on the size of the space you have. All material is sent via the Internet, so there are no transportation costs. Also, any agreement is possible in mutual interest.

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CONTACT: 

Email: info@animalsaparallelhistory.com

Stevan Zivkov Andricin

Founder and author of Animal History curriculum in schools worldwide project, 

movie director & producer, writer, graphic novelist, animal activist.


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