New Delhi, October 1
Delhi government’s education department has authorized animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, to run its “Compassionate Citizen” human education program in public schools .
The education department issued a circular on the initiative after PETA India approached it in September 2021.
“Children have a natural affinity for animals, and this program is designed to help them bring their compassion into adulthood,” said Puja Mahajan, associate director of education and youth outreach at PETA India. .
“Compassionate Citizen” was developed for students ages 8 to 12 and consists of a teacher’s guide, repeatable activity sheets – including a coloring sheet and a pledge of kindness that children can sign – a full-color wall poster, a compelling 23-minute video film, and an insert listing simple ways teachers and schools can encourage students to help animals, according to a statement from PETA India.
The digital option is easy to use for teachers with students who are now learning online. The program fits well into school curricula across language arts, science, social studies, environment, and values education and can benefit animal rights and eco-clubs, a-t- he adds.
Delhi’s public schools had taken a similar view nearly a decade ago. This view has been endorsed by the Animal Welfare Board of India, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and the education ministries / departments of Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Goa, Gujarat , Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana outside Delhi.
The revamped version (which includes worksheets that can be used digitally) has also been approved by the Haryana Department of Education.
The program has been used by over 1.9 lakh schools, including private, public, international, CBSE-affiliated, KVS, and government schools in the above-mentioned states and union territories, reaching nearly 89.8 million children across India, according to the statement. IANS