– An animal welfare programme
KINDNESS KIDS is a project sponsored by HSI India for the academic year 2015-16.
The aim of the program is to teach children about the importance of kindness to animals and the link between their food and the environment. The focus is on animal suffering, how a vegetarian diet improves human health and well-being, and the links between food choices and environmental impact.
Man depends on animals for various purposes. Right from the morning cup of coffee to milk at night we use various animal based products. But are we treating those animals in a humane way? Every year thousands of animals are breed and tortured for milk and killed for meat. Animal farming today has become a big business and most animals are treated as profit-making machines, not as living-beings capable of feeling pain and fear. To maximize profits and reduce costs chickens, pigs and cows are packed in crowded conditions, which make it impossible for them to even stretch their wings or legs. They are deprived of normal environment, food and feed. But most of us are unaware of these appalling conditions, given the fact that we a smiling cow on our milk sachets or a winking, happy looking hen on our egg cases. Nor do we realize the staggering effects that animal-based diets and intensive animal farming have on the environment – water scarcity, water pollution, deforestation, desertification and global warming, to name a few.
School Students from classes VI – VIII
LOCATIONS FOR 2015-16
Learn a lifelong message of Kindness and compassion towards animals and fellow beings.
Kindness Kids program is planned in three phases.
Phase I- Planning & Preperation
Phase II- Orientation for teachers and students
Phase III- Organization of competitions and giving away prizes
PHASE 1 – PLANNING
During the planning phase, brain storming sessions are held to devise strategies for the project and the preparation of the resource materials, including Power Point presentations, activities for children and publications that imbibe the message of kindness and compassion to kids. To test the concept and to know the mindset of the students on the theme, CPRAF & CPREEC did Field testing for the programme.
On that note, The KINDNESS KIDS programme team members conducted school orientation programmes in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mysore, Tirupathi, Bhubaneshwar and Niligiris District between 2012-15. They distributed resource materials that would help them to create awareness at the student community level.
MEDIA OF INSTRUCTION
RESOURCE MATERIALS FOR THE PROJECT
FOR EDUCATION OFFICERS
CDs on Animals in distress
FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO TEACHERS
CD containing …
FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS
KINDNESS KIDS ORIENTATION PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS FOR 2015-16
The programme gains a great response from the students and teachers of many schools in Chennai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar, Bangalore and Niligiris District. The Power Point presentation “Animals in Distress” is screened. Students enthusiastically listen to it and are very interactive.
They are shown a video on farm animal production in India. They are given a chart paper with stationery items and are asked to indicate in their drawing a strong message of kindness towards animals. The first three drawings per school are selected and prizes are given in the month of February/March. The students are named as VEG CHAMP.
The students are given a set of 15 activities of which a minimum of 10 activities have to be carried out in order to win the KINDNESS CHAMP AWARD.
BEST SCHOOL and BEST TEACHER AWARDS are given to the school and teacher who participate actively in carrying out the program.