Encouraged by the success of the pilot phase undertaken in some schools early this year, C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC) launched Phase II of Kompassionate Kids. With a view to sensitise the teachers first about animal cruelty issues and the link between food choices and environmental damage, a one-day teachers’ training workshop was organized at CPREEC Convention Centre, Chennai on Friday, July 09, 2010.
The workshop was attended by 44 school teachers from 24 city schools.
The inaugural programme began with an invocation in Tamil, which reiterated that there is only one earth and it is our foremost duty to safeguard our environment and also all plants and animals.
The gathering was welcomed by Dr. T. Sundaramoorthy, Head – Biodiversity Conservation, CPREEC. This was followed by an introduction to the Kompassionate Kids Programme by Dr. Nanditha Krishna, Hon. Director, CPREEC. She reiterated on the important role that teachers could play in changing the attitudes of children towards animals.
The Phase-II of the Kompassionate Kids Programme was launched by
Maj.Gen. (Retd.) Dr. R. M. Kharb, Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India, by lighting the Kuthu Vilakku, the traditional oil lamp. This is believed to signify the spread of knowledge. In his inaugural address, Maj.Gen.Kharb talked about how animal farming has become a business and most animals are being treated as profit-making machines.