Very soon Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country will have ‘Compassionate Citizen’ – a humane education programme in its curriculum to teach children to be kind to animals.
A notice has been sent to all its school regarding the same. “The programme should be integrated into the official curriculum via languages, science, social studies, environmental and value education curricula,” said the notice.
The moves comes after a meeting between representatives from PETA and KVS officials.
“PETA has distributed the educational resource materials in English and Hindi to all Kendriya Vidyalaya schools. The programme is available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam and Telugu and can be made available in other languages, if needed,” PETA India CEO, Poorva Joshipura told PTI.
Children from age group 8-12 year will be taught this programme. It will consist of a teacher’s guide, reproducible activity sheets, a reading unit and a video.
“It is devised to help students use their reading and reasoning skills to examine the complex lives of animals, how our relationship with them has changed over time and how to respond when animals are in trouble,” an official statement said.
The programme has to be included in the monthly curriculum as an extra-curricular day activity or a one-day workshop.
“The course has been divided into four different sections — The amazing world of animals, Animals and their feelings, Changing time and changing minds and Making humane choices,” the statement said.