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Syllabus for Humane Education in Schools

The syllabus for Humane Education in schools has been formulated after great discussion and deliberation by a number of educationists from various schools. Teachers must bear in mind that  values cannot be taught, they have to be caught. Children must enjoy the child centered programmes, involve themselves wholeheartedly in all the activities, and thereby imbibe the values of compassion, non violence, love, respect and kindness to all living creatures. The teacher can use these guidelines, experiment and innovate on the syllabus and activities suggested.

Std I

  • Identification of animals, wild / domestic
  • Panchatantra Stories, Jataka Tales, stories from the Bible
  • Songs / Rhymes about animals

Suggested Activities

  • Visit to a zoo
  • Feeding birds, animals
  • Story telling with Puppets
  • Mimicry of animal sounds

Std II

  • Animals- Food habits, homes
  • Songs /Rhymes of animals
  • Animal stories from Puranas
  • Bharathiyar songs

Suggested Activities

  • Making models of animal homes
  • Making collages of animals
  • Making animal masks
  • Story telling

Std III

  • Useful animals – domestic animals
  • The cow – sacred to Hindus
  • Food web and Food Chains
  • Fairy tales, Hans Anderson stories

Suggested Activities

  • Preparing a scrap book, 'My Book of Animals"
  • Storytelling
  • Dramatizing stories on animals, role play
  • Paper folding to make animal figures

Std IV

  • Importance and preservation of forests
  • Extinct and endangered animals
  • Protecting animals (basic laws, common cruelties)
  • Appreciating nature

Suggested Activities

  • Growing potted plants
  • Visit to a bird sanctuary
  • Reading of stories on compassion
  • Dramatizing and enacting skits on the above topics
  • Planting of saplings – Vanamahotsav day

Std V

  • Importance of cattle in our country
  • Goshalas and pinjarpoles
  • Cows – how they are important to our life
  • Interdependence of flora and fauna
  • Wild life sanctuaries and their importance
  • Stories on compassion

Suggested Activities

  • Visit to goshalas, dairy farms, pinjarpoles
  • Visit to sanctuaries
  • Adopting pets and animals
  • Collect information, maintain a scrap book on endangered Species
  • Get to know about various agencies and projects to conserve wildlife

Std VI

  • Green Revolution, White Revolution
  • Bio diversity
  • Environment Protection
  • Pollution and solutions to reduce it
  • Sensitizing children to differently abled people
  • Vegetarianism and health benefits

Suggested Activities

  • Visit to special schools and helping the challenged children
  • Dramatization, role play, skits on the above topics
  • Visit to poultry farms, sanctuaries
  • Celebrate kindness day, exchange anecdotes on special acts of kindness
  • Making scrap books to gather information on environment protection
  • Making an animal calendar

Std VII

  • Biodegradable and non biodegradable waste, efficient disposal of waste
  • Renewable and non renewable sources of energy
  • Ways to conserve energy
  • Soil erosion, conservation, role of micro organisms
  • Pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, and their effect on human beings
  • Cattle shelter and protection of aged animals
  • Awareness of underprivileged and orphaned children
  • Vegetarianism and the benefits on health

Suggested Activities

  • Visit to a veterinary hospital
  • Making of paper bags, using cloth bags
  • Making compost pits, natural manure
  • Visit to cows shelters, agencies like PFA, SPCA, Blue Cross, etc.
  • Visit to an orphanage, sharing and caring
  • Organizing rallies for a good cause

Std VIII

  • Environment and pollution – air, water soil, noise
  • Ecosystem and its conservation
  • Protection of wildlife – (hunting, poaching, smuggling)
  • Use of animals in cosmetic industry, silk industry, leather industry
  • Awareness of old age homes and the implications
  • Vegetarianism and the benefits on health

Suggested Activities

  • Organizing Eco Clubs in school
  • Cleaning the campus
  • Maintaining a school garden
  • Projects on endangered species
  • Visit to an old age home and making time to help the aged
  • Rescuing injured animals and caring for them
  • Quiz and debates on pollution issues
  • Collecting information on nutritional value in a vegetarian diet
  • Putting biodegradable waste to good use

Std IX & X

  • Green house effect
  • Global warming
  • Rain Water harvesting and conserving water
  • Villages and rural life
  • Various agencies for animal welfare
  • Wild Life Act and laws of animal welfare
  • Awareness of drugs to enhance productivity of animals
  • Zoonotic diseases – rabies, anthrax, etc
  • Scientific facts on vegetarianism

Suggested Activities

  • Projects on green house effect, global warming, pollution
  • PPT on the above topics
  • Visit to a village
  • Poster preparation
  • Organizing rallies for a cause
  • Visit to Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board
  • Rescuing and adopting injured animals
  • Projects to create public awareness to ill treatment of animals and solutions

Contact Info

KARUNA INTERNATIONAL
CHENNAI KENDRA
“Munoth Centre”  II Floor,
# 343, Triplicane High Road
Chennai, Tamilnadu 600 005, India.
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Phone: +91-44-2859 1714, +91-44-2859 1724

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