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I Am a Humane Educator: Rosana Ng

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 5 Comments | Published on October 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action
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Rosana NgIHE M.Ed. student Rosana Ng was born and raised in Hong Kong and lived for several years in Toronto, Canada. She spent many years in the clothing business, traveling extensively. For her, life was about moving ahead. When Rosana found humane education, she “made a 180-degree turn in life.” Rosana now lives with four dogs and works as the senior manager of the Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong. We asked Rosana to share about her work and life.

IHE: What led you to the path of humane education?

RN: I have to say: “Sometimes you have to get lost in order to find yourself.” (quote from the movie “Australia”).

I was living in conflict within myself for a long time. I was born into a traditional Chinese family where girls are seen has having a less significant position. I was fortunate that my parents sent me abroad (Canada) to study. My parents’ plans for me were: “Get your education, get married, have children, and therefore you will complete your role!” I am thankful that I got my education, but the rest was not for me.

I have had a special connection with animals since I was young. And when I was about five, I experienced something very traumatic. I witnessed a dog being tortured and eventually slaughtered for his meat. I could not process such cruelty, and it caused me to withdraw from the world. I didn’t care about people and wondered what living was all about.

I was lucky that I stumbled onto IHE’s website and learned that we can make positive changes by doing the most good and the least harm, and that we are not too small to make a difference. Instead of living in despair I put my energy into making change. Since my passion lies with animals, I’ve spent my energy in various ways saving animals, and eventually saving myself.

Life has not been the same since I found humane education.

Rosana Ng speaking about Jane Goodall

As part of her work for JGI Hong Kong, Rosana gives a lot of presentations.

IHE: Share how you’re currently manifesting humane education.

RN: Because I have lived in the business world all my life, it took me a long time to find my way to humane education. I eventually found my best self in leading campaigns to raise awareness on animal issues. My first activism work began with organising the Global March for Lions in 2014 along with 62 cities in the world. I have also organised and participated in campaigns which helped rhinos, elephants, and captive dolphins, and which fought against the fur industry.

With my activism work and my humane education studies I landed a job with the Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong. My work involves creating environmental education programs and projects for schools. I also run Roots & Shoots in Hong Kong, where we nurture young leaders to help people, animals, and the environment. Everything I’ve learned from humane education can be put to use.

Wild Boys on their award trip

The Wild Boys give a thumbs down to poaching.

IHE: Share a success story.

RN: My work at the Jane Goodall Institute allows me to run projects. My favorite project is Messenger of Nature, which is a competition for young adults to create videos to raise awareness about endangered species. The winning team, the Wild Boys, created a video, “The Lost Memory,” in which they placed themselves 40 years into the future. They learned that elephants, sharks, and crocodiles once existed, but due to human use of animal products, these species had gone extinct. It was an amazing video. The winning prize was a trip to South Africa where the Wild Boys experienced true wildlife and learned more about the poaching crisis. It was an inspiring project!

IHE: What would you say to others interested in IHE’s graduate programs?

RN: IHE’s program helps you understand the connections between animals, people, and the environment. The cultural norms and outside forces can make us feel insignificant, but every day we make choices, and we can choose what kind of world we want to live in. We are not too small to bring about change. Everyone can make change. As Dr. Jane Goodall says, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

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Jody Lacroix says:

Wow, what a great life journey. My passion also lies with animals, being in North America, I am very concerned about animals that we use for meat, dairy products, or eggs. I feel very insignificant when I see our culture so ingrained in the idea that we can only be healthy if we consume the meat and bi products of animals. It is everywhere, McDonalds, Tim Hortons and all the steak houses, etc., even all the cooking shows that insist on making recipes with animal based products. I know the only hope is in humane education for children and in hoping the next generation makes better choices. It breaks my heart to think of all the animals that will suffer and die in the meantime!

Rosana Ng says:

Thank you Jody. I feel the same as you. Now the Chinese wants the same as the Americans and they too strive for meat. When I go into China I see Kentucky Fried Chicken EVERYWHERE, more so than McDonald, and obesity is becoming a problem in China, especially in children.

However the trend is going in the right direction. Studies are coming out that meat is not good for us, especially red meat. We must focus on education and continue to do what we do, humane education is so important. We walk the talk. People ask me why I don;t eat meat and I have a good window to explain myself. I see people do the thinking, some eat less meat because of that, and I know one became a vegetarian.

Of course I wish we were moving faster for the poor animals!

Jody Lacroix says:

Hi Rosana,

Thank you for the response, of course, you are right about the education piece it is important to be able to clearly explain why we choose to live our lives as we do. The studies you mentioned can really taking everything to a more positive place.

I am really looking forward to learning more and I am planning to take the course as soon as I am able.


Scott Reeve says:

I love working with kids also Rosana and it looks like you have a dream job! I was born and raised just outside Toronto and now teach English in Asia. I totally see what you see – fast food restaurants all over including Starbucks with very long line ups. So what you’re doing to spread awareness to children is a great start to reverse the trend. I always say “America is a great country, but not EVERYTHING about it is great.” To try to minimize the fascination with the west as you pointed out. Thank God for amazing organizations like IHE and JGI to lead the way to a better way of life!

Rosana Ng says:

Hi Scott,

So glad you share what I see in Asia. Our culture shapes the way we live, and media shapes the way we make choices. We have to break away from these norms. Humane education teach us to seek accurate information, use our reverence and respect so that we can make humane choices, so important going into the 21st century when information are available within our finger tips!

By the way I do have a dream job……I am so blessed and grateful to IHE!