Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Academic Research in Science, Technology and Engineering
Candide Teaching Method Including Animal Intelligence
Céline BRUSA, Michèle BOURTON
For six years, we practiced the Candide innovative teaching method including purring therapy founded by Michèle BOURTON in our independent school group Candide in France. About fifteen cats took part in the life of the 6 to 15-year-old students and played their role of therapists circulating in the classrooms looking for hugs or a cozy cushion. While respecting the freedom of the animals who chose to come and go as they pleased, we noticed significant changes in students’ behavior and academic performances. Children felt reassured by the presence of cats, they no longer dreaded coming to school, they no longer felt stress. It was this intense experience that led us to create our new association: Candide International, an NGO that works to help design schools that integrate Candide teaching method including animal intelligence in the most needy countries. Indeed, our awareness of the importance of animal mediation and communication has deeply engaged us in the education programs of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) proposed by UNESCO. We create schools within animal reserve or animal sanctuaries (mainly in Africa). The goal is to introduce children to the animals in their environment in order to enable them to acquire solid notions, to love passionately and to communicate intensely with wildlife in order to foster the development of autonomous and sustainable adult behaviors.
Keywords: animals; apprenticeships; autonomy; innovative; sustainable development.