Compassion and responsibility
I went to one of the school's today to talk to them about starting a cat cafe programme on campus. They wanted to know about cat cafes and how to start a management programme in the school. It's a lovely school and the teachers have actually sterilised some of the cats there, and got other cats adopted out, but I am sure there are more cats there. They estimated 3 and the school is much too big to support such a small number. The Principal said that it's also a question of not wanting the population to grow too large. She also mentioned she was having problems in her own apartment with people leaving food out for the cats and I said we would help with that if we can as well.
She mentioned quite a few of the students feed and they gave a school assembly talk to them about how feeding can sometimes be misguided. I told her that this was the best way of getting the students to learn not just compassion but responsibility as well - and it would definitely be a better lesson than just something learnt in a book. They'll be considering it and will revert.