Uganda’s First Vegan School Wins PETA Kindness Award

Published by Rebecca Maness.

In thanks for becoming Uganda’s first vegan primary school—where students eat plant-powered meals and learn how to be kind to species large and small—Atlas Vegan Community School is the latest to win a Compassionate School Award from TeachKind, PETA’s humane education division. Included with the award is a box brimming with free teaching materials, including Share the World empathy lessons for students and a $1,000 donation to contribute toward food and supplies.

Established by the charity LUV4ALL, Atlas Vegan Community School teaches local children how to live in harmony with our fellow animals and follow a compassionate lifestyle. The curriculum is especially relevant to Uganda, where sleeping sickness and other zoonotic illnesses spread easily on farms and the climate catastrophe—driven by the meat, egg, and dairy industries—has hit the country harder than others.

The children at the school eat animal-friendly meals and learn about building a better world for all by being vegan. Each person who goes vegan spares many animals every year, dramatically shrinks their carbon footprint, and helps prevent future pandemics. Many experts believe COVID-19 originated in a live-animal market in China, and SARS, swine flu, and bird flu have also been linked to confining and killing animals for food.

You can follow Atlas Vegan Community School’s example of working to make the world a better place for everyone. Write to your school district to request more vegan food in cafeterias, and visit to find free resources for teaching compassion for animals:

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