For Immediate Release:
2 February 2012
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Puja Mahajan; [email protected]
Education Officer Directs Use of Compassionate Citizen to Help Children Learn Kindness Towards Others, Humans and Animals Alike
Indore, Madhya Pradesh – Indore District Education Officer Smt- Rajni Jadaun has sent a letter to all government middle and higher secondary schools directing them to use People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s humane-education programme, Compassionate Citizen. More than 5,000 schools and 50,000 teachers across India are already using the highly touted programme. Compassionate Citizen has been praised by numerous celebrities, including Lara Dutta, Raveena Tandon Thadani, Anupam Kher and Jackie Shroff as well as by educators and environmentalist Dr RK Pachauri, director general of the prestigious The Energy and Resources Institute. PETA has now asked the education minister of Madhya Pradesh to introduce Compassionate Citizen into all the state’s schools.
“It is said that teaching a child to be kind to an animal is as valuable to the child as it is for the animal, and studies bear this out”, says PETA India Education Coordinator Puja Mahajan. “Teaching children the importance of tolerance, compassion and the ability to put themselves in someone’s shoes is key in the crucial effort to stem violence in society at large.”
PETA’s multi–disciplinary package was developed by educators and a similar programme is also in use in the US, the UK and other countries. It can be used in language arts, science and social studies curricula and is intended to give students an understanding of why hatred and cruelty directed against others – regardless of species – are wrong.
Renowned schools already using the programme include The Doon School in Dehradun, Mother’s International and Sanskriti schools in New Delhi and Ryan Global School in Mumbai. Vithika Rahul, head of Delhi Public School’s Psychology Department, stated, “After thoroughly studying the details of the programme, I find it to be effective in creating empathy, love and tolerance amongst students”.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.