For Immediate Release:
1 September 2015
State Endorses Compassionate Citizen, Which Aims to Teach Children Respect for Others – Including Animals
Bhopal – School children throughout Madhya Pradesh are now equipped to get a daily lesson in compassion. That’s because after meeting with representatives of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Ms Rashmi Arun Shami, Commissioner, Rajya Shiksha, Kendra & Secondary Education, has asked all schools to include PETA’s humane-education programme, Compassionate Citizen, as part of their teacher-training module. PETA India has now distributed the programme to all Madhya Pradesh 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, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, and Kerala.
“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. PETA’s educational resource material has already been shared with 20,000 teachers in 50 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Teacher-training programmes have been conducted throughout the state to empower educators to use the resource material. Schools can directly write to PETA at [email protected] for their free copy of the Compassionate Citizen educational material and 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.
For more information, please visit CompassionateCitizen.com.