Teacher’s Day Special: Education just got a whole lot cooler and kinder for students attending governmental schools in Delhi, Goa, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. That’s because after meeting with PETA, education officials issued circulars urging schools to implement PETA’s humane-education programme, Compassionate Citizen.
Compassionate Citizen was designed to help children between the ages of 8 and 12 develop respect and empathy for animals. Most children are naturally affectionate toward and concerned about animals, but kids can learn cruel behaviour from others. Law-enforcement officials, psychologists and sociologists know that violence toward animals by youngsters is often an early warning sign of future acts of violence towards humans.
Humane education helps ensure a future in which everyone is treated respectfully – and it’s working! Compassionate Citizen has been used in nearly 25,000 private and governmental schools, reaching 5 million children across the country. Endorsed by both the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Central Board of Secondary Education, this program is helping a new generation understand why kindness matters.
Are you a teacher, or do you know one who wants to cultivate compassion in his or her students? Write to us at [email protected], and we’ll send you a free Compassionate Citizen kit, complete with a teacher’s guide, activity sheets, animal facts and an educational video.