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Several Delhi schools are including humane-education programmes in the curricula to teach students of primary sections to love and care for animals, reports The Hindu.

Conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Compassionate Citizen, the programme hopes to instill values of respect, kindness and compassion among the new generation. 

According to programme co-ordinators developing dignity for the weakest life forms is a sure way of creating a value-based, non-violent culture among humans. “If you teach a child to be kind to a mouse, you do as much for the child as you do for the mouse,” say PETA activists.

The programme is authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Central Board of Secondary Education. PETA has been running it for students of 8-12 years in different States from its head office in Mumbai with the help of volunteers from like-minded non-profit outfits.

Schools in Delhi including Delhi Public School-RK Puram, Springdales School, Mother’s International School, Sanskriti School, St. Columba’s School, Vasant Valley School, Mount Carmel School, Air Force Bal Bharati School, Sister Nivedita School and The British School are participating in the programme that apart from classroom talks, also includes guides for teachers and reproducible worksheets through which the schools can take the course forward on their own.

According to volunteers, it is imperative that school authorities realise the urgency of imparting values along with teaching other subjects, especially in the current social scenario.  In this light, animal activists strive to push for integration of humane-education into the school curriculum.

“I hope educational institutions recognise the immense importance of including moral values for building a safe world for future generations and adopt this programme as part of their curriculum rather than limiting it to just as an isolated activity,” says a Compassionate Citizen volunteer.

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