For Immediate Release:
6 February 2020
Puja Mahajan; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Group’s Free Compassionate Citizen Kit Encourages Students to Respect Other Animals
Haryana – After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India asked the Directorate of Education, Haryana, to require all 8,000 government primary schools to use its newly revamped humane education programme, Compassionate Citizen, in their curricula, the government body issued a circular directing them to implement the programme.
Compassionate Citizen is developed for students ages 8 to 12 and consists of a teacher’s guide, reproducible activity sheets – including a colouring sheet and a kindness pledge that children can sign – a full-colour wall poster, an engaging 23-minute video, plus an insert listing easy ways teachers and schools can encourage students to help animals. Endorsed by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the programme has been voluntarily used by nearly 1.69 lakhs schools – including government, private, international, CBSE-affiliated, and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan institutions – and has reached nearly 60 million children across India.
“Children have a natural affinity for animals, and this programme is designed to help them carry that compassion into adulthood,” says PETA India Education and Youth Outreach Manager Puja Mahajan. “PETA India thanks the Haryana education department for giving impressionable young students the gift of humane education, which will stand them in good stead.”
Compassionate Citizen is PETA India’s version of the internationally recognised humane education programme Share the World from PETA US. Other states and union territories currently using a version of Compassionate Citizen include Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana.
PETA India’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”, and the group opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. State schools can download the Compassionate Citizen educational materials and video from the official website of Haryana’s Department of School Education. Free copies of the materials and video can also be requested by writing to PETA India at [email protected].
For more information, please visit CompassionateCitizen.com.