New Delhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” quotes Mahatma Gandhi. It’s no secret how much former chairman Ratan Tata loves animals and how Tata Group has relentlessly contributed for their well-being. Aligned to this philosophy, Tata Power was recently honoured by PETA India with the ‘Compassionate Business Award’ for bringing Humane Education to students across 250 schools in India under its ‘Club Enerji’ programme.
The award was presented by Poorva Joshipura, Director, PETA India. It recognised the company’s efforts to foster kindness, empathy, and respect for animals amongst these students.
Humane Education programme is a part of Compassionate Citizen by PETA India, the US version of PETA’s internationally recognised humane education programme, Share the World, which is designed to teach children to be kind to animals. This programme can easily be included in the school curricula via language arts, science, and social studies and when teaching about environmental issues and values. It’s also perfect for use in eco and animal rights clubs in schools.
“Most children naturally feel concerned and affectionate towards 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. By joining hands with PETA India, we aim to help children cultivate essential qualities of tolerance and compassion that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives,” said Ms Shalini Singh, Chief-Corporate Communications & Sustainability, Tata Power.
Compassionate Citizen is endorsed by the Animal Welfare Board of India, the Central Board of Secondary Education, and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan schools. It has been voluntarily used by 1.67 lakh schools, reaching nearly 59 million children across India. Many states – including Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana – have issued circulars asking schools to integrate the programme into their official curriculum.