For Immediate Release:
2 September 2015
State Endorses Compassionate Citizen, Which Aims to Teach Children Respect for Others – Including Animals
Panjim – Schoolchildren throughout Goa are now equipped to get a daily lesson on compassion. That’s because after meeting with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Mr Nagaraj Honnekeri, director of the State Council of Educational Research and Training issued a circular endorsing PETA’s humane-education programme, Compassionate Citizen, and asked all schools to use it. PETA India has now distributed the programme to all Goa government schools to use with children ages 8 to 12.
Compassionate Citizen is PETA India’s version of the internationally recognised PETA US’ humane-education programme Share the World, which is designed to sensitise children to be kind to animals. It can be easily included in school curricula via languages, science, social studies, environmental and values education subjects. It is also perfect for use in environmental and animal rights school clubs.
The programme has been endorsed by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Central Board of Secondary Education. Other states endorsing the programme include Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh.
“It’s said that when you teach a child to be kind to a mouse, you do as much for the child as you do for the mouse”, says PETA India Senior Education Coordinator Puja Mahajan. “Tolerance and compassion are vital because they are essential to the effort to stem violence in society at large.”
Most children naturally feel concern and affection for animals but learn cruelty from society and often lose sight of their compassion. A lack of respect for other species can translate into insensitivity and cruelty towards fellow humans, too. 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. Humane education can help ensure a future in which animals, the environment they live in and humans are treated respectfully.
The programme consists of a teacher’s guide, reproducible activity sheets, a reading unit with adaptations from true animal stories and a 28-minute video.
Compassionate Citizen has been voluntarily used in nearly 25,000 private and government schools, reaching 5 million children across India, and is strongly endorsed by numerous celebrities and other notables.
Schools can directly write to PETA at [email protected] for their free Compassionate Citizen kit.
For more information, please visit CompassionateCitizen.com.