For Immediate Release:
10 May 2016
Experts Advise That Children Who Learn Kindness Towards Animals Become Compassionate Adults
Delhi – Through its humane-education programme, Compassionate Citizen, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will now be offering a lesson in compassion for schoolchildren attending over 1,000 Kendriya Vidyalaya schools.After meeting with a representative of PETA India, the deputy commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan issued a notification to all of its schools across India asking that they integratethe programme into the official curriculum via languages, science, social studies, environmental and values education curricula.As of 2010, over 1 million children were attending Kendriya Vidyalaya schools.
Compassionate Citizen is designed to teach8-to12-year-old children to be kind to animals andhas been endorsed by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Central Board of Secondary Education. PETA has distributedthe educational resource materialsin English and Hindi to all Kendriya Vidyalaya schools.
“PETA India is helping schools across the country cultivate compassion in the classroom”, says PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura. “Humane educationempowers children to build a future in which animals, humans and the environment they live in are treated with dignity andrespect.”
It is well documented by psychologists, sociologists and law-enforcement officials that violence against animals by children is often an early warning sign of future acts of violence towards humans.
Compassionate Citizen consists of a teacher’s guide, reproducible activity sheets, a reading unit and a 28-minute video – all devised to help students use their reading and reasoning skills to examine the complex lives of animals, how our relationship with them has changed over time and how to respond when animals are in trouble. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – has providedCompassionate Citizen free of cost to morethan 98,000 schools. The programme is available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam and Telugu and can be made available in other languages if needed.