Compassionate Citizenship and Responsible Activism Program

COVA- ICAN- Youth TRAC

Compassionate Citizenship & Responsible Activism Project

Among Children and Youth

 

Project Overview

Our education system and society as a whole are oriented and geared to produce efficient professionals and not necessarily socially aware beings that understand and are sensitive to different social issues and subscribe to moral and ethical values required of a human being. Developing adequate social sensitivity and concern are essential conditions for imbibing moral and social values and promoting positive social engagement to address the problems and ills affecting any society to make it humane and just.

Goal:

To sensitise people, especially school, college, university students and young professionals to social issues and concerns to inculcate in them moral and ethical values required of a good human being and enlist their commitment to address social problems to make society humane and just . 

Objectives

  1. Social Sensitisation and Amenability to Moral and Ethical Values

The First Objective of the Compassionate Citizenship & Responsible Activism Project is to provide a systematic and sustained sensitisation to a range of social issues and concerns to school, college and university students, corporate youth and professionals through Extension Lectures and exposure visits to enable them to develop empathy and sensitivity to different social issues necessary to imbibe moral and ethical values required of a good human being and enlist their commitment to address these issues.

  1. Global Perspective

The Second Objective is to inculcate a global perspective, especially among students and youth by facilitating their interactions with foreign nationals staying in Hyderabad or on a visit through the Global Walk Program.

  1. Social Activism

The Third Objective of the Project is to orient and equip students and youth for social activism to transform the system and make society more equitable, just and sustainable.

Activities:

  1. Extension Lectures in Schools and Colleges
  2. Exposure Visits to Deprived Localities
  3. Project Work on Social Issues for school and college students
  4. Interventions and Advocacy by Students and Youth for addressing social issues.
  5. Global Walks: Online Skype Interactions with Experts on Social Issues from different countries
  6. Koshish Theatre Group

Institutional Coverage

COVA would work with 100 schools, 20 colleges, 10 universities and 20 professional clubs- 150 institutions in all- for the Responsible Global Citizenship Project. It is proposed to organise 5 programs in a year for each institution comprising of three Extension Lectures, one exposure visit and one Global Walk making a total of 750 programs in a year reaching out to an average of 30,000 people annually.

Impact

The Compassionate Citizenship & Responsible Activism Project is expected to create necessary conditions for inculcation of moral and ethical values and introduce children and youth to different dimensions of responsible citizenship to propel them to undertake social transformation for a just and peaceful society.

 

 

 

Compassionate Citizenship & Responsible Activism Project

The Programs

ICAN (Indian Children’s Action Network) and Youth TRAC are affiliates of COVA that work with school children and college, university and corporate youth respectively.

Education System and Social Issues

Our education system and society as a whole are oriented and geared to produce efficient professionals and not necessarily socially aware beings that understand and are sensitive to different social issues. The best of our doctors, engineers, lawyers, computer professionals, management experts and others may have global competence in their own areas of specialisation but most are unable to develop adequate understanding and a sensitive perspective to key critical social issues like poverty, social discrimination, child labour, gender justice, human rights, environment degradation, conflicts and harmony etc. As a result, majority of our people, including the best qualified, are not engaged in addressing our social issues that seem to be proliferating and intensifying,  and could one day acquire fatal dimensions that could become detrimental for all.

This is not because they are not sensitive human beings or unconcerned citizens but because most do not get opportunities to gain any systematic exposure, proper experience and adequate understanding of social issues through the formal education system or social circles or the family environment they are exposed to.

  1. Extension Lectures:

COVA has compiled a list of over 200 Resource Persons in Hyderabad with collective  expertise in a range of social issues like poverty;social exclusion and discrimination; child, gender, animal, human and citizenship rights;  environment;  economy; taxation; conflict and peace, international relations etc. Besides, many experts and prominent personalities from other parts of India and from other countries also intimate to COVA about their visits to Hyderabad enabling the opportunity to organise their lectures.

Presently COVA works with 100 schools, 20 collages and 5 universities to organise the Extension Lectures with a coverage of 25, 000 persons.  COVA also organises the Extension Lectures occasionally with Clubs of professionals like the Rotary, Lions etc. COVA would associate with at least 12 professional clubs for regular Extension Lectures from 2015.  It is proposed to organise 300 Extension Lecture for 150 organisations and institutions in a year, along with 150 exposure visits. Hence, each organisation / institution associated with the program would get the benefit of two extension lectures and one exposure visit.

  1. Exposure Visits:

COVA has found that exposure visits of students, youth and professionals to different communities affected by extreme poverty, communal conflicts, child labour and other social deprivations and issues provides a direct first-hand experience of the real life situations, inculcates sensitivity to the magnitude of the problem and motivates involvement at personal levels for addressing the issues.

  1. Global Walks

Consulates or Cultural Centers of USA, UK, Iran, France, Germany, Turkey and Yemen are located in Hyderabad. Collaborations with these Centres of all the eight countries will be established to initiate the Global Walk Program.

The Global Walk Program would consist of regular presentations to students, youth and professionals by representatives of the consulates, cultural centres and representatives of different countries on the themes of history, culture, political and social processes in their countries including the problems faced and solutions attempted. This will broaden the horizon and perspective of the participants to enable them to develop better understanding and empathy with people of other countries and provide some innovative approaches to deal with their own problems by gaining insights from similar situations in other countries and successful strategies being used there.

It is proposed to organize 50 Global Walk Programs in a year to cover 50 organisations and institutions involving schools, colleges and professional clubs.

The Global Walk Program would conclude with an Annual Global Fest sometime in February that would comprise of literary and cultural events involving essay writing, elocution, poster and slogan writing, songs, dance, play and cuisine etc. focusing on different countries. Winners of different events could be sent on exchange visits to other countries. Consulates and cultural centers of some of the eight countries located in Hyderabad have already offered to sponsor some of the participants of the Global Fest for exchange visits to their countries and it is hoped that it will be possible for 15 to 20 participants to benefit from this offer.

  1. Social Activism

Most interventions with students and youth are limited to inputs for personality development or awareness generation on some social issues but do not extend to enlisting their involvement to address the problems through activism. COVA has been involved in orienting and enabling school students and college / university youth for social activism by providing regular training on gaining systematic understanding of different social issues and formulating strategies for their resolution through community mobilisation, representations to elected representatives, political parties, officials; use of media; employment of non-violent agitation options, recourse to courts of law etc.

It is proposed to continue the Social Activism Program by providing 3 training’s on the theme of Orientation Programs on Social Advocacy and Global Citizenship for 10 days each to 60 students selected from schools, colleges and universities. The objective of this program is to enable students to understand principles and practice of activism and make them responsible citizens. These training’s will involve Sessions on communications skills, leadership development, sensitization to social issues, importance of foreign policy, need for friendly relations with neighboring countries and principles and practice of social advocacy.  There will also be action research, interviews and field exposure visits to give students firsthand experience of social problems and prepare them for better participation in the Programs of COVA like Face to Face with Little Citizens where they will interact with elected representatives and officials on different social/ civic problems; Project Work on Social Activism.

Sambandh, an annual event organised by COVA between 6th and 9th August to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 will also be organised to orient and sensitize students to the theme of going beyond war and violence for the creation of a just world through the medium of cultural and literary competitions.

  1. Project Work on Social Issues

To promote an understanding of action research, COVA would facilitate 200 students from member schools and colleges to undertake systematic study of selected social issues and produce project reports detailing the problems and suggesting strategies and solutions for their resolution. These Project Reports along with models will be displayed at a One Day Project Display Exhibition. Subsequently, the students concerned will be encouraged to address the problems they have studied through continued activism.

Themes selected for the Project Work on Social Issues during the year the last five years were:

  1. 2011-12: Environment, Child Labor, Issues of Government Schools, Health and Sports and Recreation.
  2. 2012-13: Heritage (historical but neglected monuments of Hyderabad), Understanding the making of the Mindset of a Successful person, Endangered Species (flora & fauna), Bio-diversity, Nuclear power.
  3. 2013-14: Parks and Playgrounds, Garbage Disposal, junk food, child labor and government hospitals.
  4. 2014-15: Global Warming, How to Make India Litter Free, Citizens Charters and their Functioning, Speed Driving and Understanding the issue of Begging and its Solutions.
  5. 2015-16: Care for Elders, Swatch Hyderabad, Corruption and Eve Teasing.

Some themes also being proposed by the school students for the Project Work like: (1) Exploring Cultural Commonalities of South Asia, (2) Understanding Different South Asian Countries and Study of Their Defense and Social Budgets etc. to underscore the need to promote friendship and peace in the region.

  1. Koshish Theatre Group

A theatre group enrolling children and youth from diverse community, gender, class and locality backgrounds was formed by COVA in the year 2000 to impart training in dramatics to talented youth and also use the medium of theatre to spread awareness on different social issues. Koshish performances are widely acclaimed for their success in sensitizing people on different social issues and this group has given more than 1000 performances on the streets and staged about 100 performances in prestigious auditoriums of the country.  This group bagged many prizes in state and national competitions.  The Team has a number of plays on the issues of Communal Harmony and National Integration, Governance Issues, Gender Justice, Child Rights, Environment and Civic Issues etc.

COVA has effectively used the plays by Koshish to initiate discussions and debate on a variety of social issues in the community, educational institutions and even professional groups and bodies. COVA proposes to use Koshish to flag the issues of preferring cooperation and peace over militarization, nuclear weapons and wars between India and the neighboring countries; especially Pakistan. It is proposed to take members of Koshish to Pakistan as part of the delegation for the Exchange Program to Pakistan to initiate discussions on issues of mutual interest and concerns amongst youth through the medium of theatre. Similarly, youth theatre groups from Pakistan will also be invited to perform in Hyderabad and other Indian cities to highlight the similarity of issues and problems and the need for cooperation.

Groups in Pakistan are also being contacted to undertake similar sensitization of students and youth in their areas of operation to enable them to develop the required orientation and sensitivities that would be essential to carry forward the processes of interaction, dialogue, cooperation and collaborations when they get to meet youth from India in person through the exchange programs or on the net through different platforms.

Coverage Details  

Schools: 100x 250 students                             25,000

Colleges: 20×150 students                                 3000

Universities- 10x 150 Students                          1500

Clubs- 20x 25 members                                       500

  Total 30,000

Conclusion

The Compassionate Citizenship Project and Responsible Activism Project is expected to provide an introduction to children, youth and professionals to different dimensions of compassionate citizenship and propel them on to engage in initiatives for social transformation for justice and peace.

 

 

 

 

COVA –ICAN

Compassionate Citizenship and Responsible Activism Project

13th Project Works Program-2018.

Overview and Guidelines for Students and Teachers

Since 2005 COVA and ICAN have been organizing an Annual Program, titled Project Works for School Students to involve them to engage with undertake systematic study of some chosen social issues of importance.

Objectives:

  1. To orient students to undertake systematic studies on social issues
  2. To expose students to Research Methodology and enable them to use different research techniques in social sciences.
  3. To enable students to gain proper and in depth understanding of different social  issues by undertaking project work or by studying the project works submitted by other students
  4. To make students sensitive to different social issues and enable them to become socially conscious and responsible citizens
  5. To introduce students to the concept and practice of social activism by undertaking small initiatives / programs to address and resolve specific social issues.
  6. To provide an opportunity to students to produce a systematic research document and motivate some of them to consider the possibility of becoming social scientists

Proposed Themes for 2018-19:

  1. Government Hospitals.
  2. Child Safety.
  3. Public Transport.
  4. Fake News
  5. Problems Parents Face in Educating Children.

Guidelines for Participation in the Program

  • Each school is invited to encourage as many students from 8th to 10th classes as possible to undertake a Study on one topic from any of the five themes Shortlisted..
  • Students can also work in Teams of 2 members. More than 2 students will not be allowed for any Team.
  • The topic selected and the names of only two members of the team along with the names of the supervisor/teacher for the Project work should be communicated to COVA on or before 24th September 2018.
  • Each School can make maximum of one entry for each Theme and not more than five Teams per school for the Project Works Program (only one Team in each category with a maximum of 2 members per Team).
  • Students should be encouraged to produce a proper document of the study undertaken in the form of a Project Work Report.
  • Sample Records of Project Works Report will be shared with the schools.
  • The contents of the Project Work Report should be duplicated on chart Papers/thermocol sheets to enable public displays.
  • Schools are requested to organise Project Work Display Programs of all studies produced by their students at their school before the Central Program to be organised by COVA on 20th November 2018. The Best Projects can be shortlisted for each theme and nominated for participation in COVA’s Central Program.
  • A Possible date for display in the Schools could be 14th November 2018 as part of the Children’s’ Day Programs
  • Parents, students from other schools and people from the neighbourhood can be invited to the School Project Work Display Programs.
  • The last date for submission of the selected Studies by the schools for participation in the Central Project Work Display Program will be 16th November 2018. Entries received after the due date will not be entertained.
  • COVA will constitute a Special Panel of Judges who will assist in the selection of Project Work Reports. Only, the Project Work Reports selected by the Panel will be displayed at the Central Project Work Display Program. The decision of the Panel will be final and binding.

Prizes

  • Top 3 Projects submitted for each topic from all schools will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. 15 Prizes will be awarded for the five topics chosen.

Follow up Program

Follow up programs will be organised in May 2018 (during summer vacations) to enable students to understand how to address different social issues and solve social problems by imparting

Undertaking the Study

  1. Methodology
  2. Review of Literature by referring: News Papers, / Magazine, Books, Internet
  3. Filed Visits.
  4. Questionnaires, Group Discussions, Surveys, Personal Interviews
  5. Interaction with Experts.
  6. Report Writing
  7. Guidelines for Field Work
  8. Preparation of Background on the Topic:
  9. Identification of Key Issues
  10. Resources for Material
  11. Field Visits
  12. Possible Strategies to Address the Issue
  13. Activities to address the issue
  14. Preparation of Project Work Report
  15. Table of Contents
  16. Introduction /Overview of the problem / topic- References- 1-2 Pages
  17. Research Methodology- I Page
  18. Field Reports 1-2Pages
  19. Findings- Bullet Points- 1 Page
  20. Conclusions- 1 Page
  21. Recommendations for Solutions- 1-2 Pages
  22. Actions to be undertaken – 1 Page
  23. Photos of Field Visit

Report Formats

Reports to be produced in Book Form and as Posters for Display.

Important Milestones to be noted:

  • TOT ( Training of Teachers) by COVA:
  1. At COVA office, Bandlaguda on : 18th September 2018
  2. At URDU Ghar Moghalpura, Charminar on: 20th September 2018.
  3. At Abids on: 24th September 2018
  • Intimation of shortlisted Themes by COVA:  18th September 2018.
  • Topic selected, Names of the supervisor/teacher for the Project work to be communicated by the schools to COVA by or before: 24th September 2018.
  • Submission of Project Works Report on: 16th November 2018
  • Central Project Work Display Program on: 20th November 2018

Submission of Project Works Report.

All project work reports along with models if any should be submitted to COVA office on or before 3:00 PM on 16th November 2018 (Friday). No entries will be accepted after this deadline.

  1. Explanations

Explanation of the Project prepared at the Central Project Work Display Program is the most important part of the Project Work. Students are requested to prepare properly and give explanations in any language they are comfortable with.

  • Marks

All Project Reports along with the Presentations on the day of Central Project Work Display Program will be evaluated as follows:

Project Report                                                                         40 Marks

Advocacy- Social Transformation                                   25 Marks

Explanation by the Students to Visitors                       20 Marks

Display on Chart Paper                                                          5 Marks

Display Through Models                                                       5 Marks

Punctuality (Reporting at venue before 9 am)           5 Marks

Total                                                                                       100 Marks

 

Special Note:

This is not a science exhibition. Displays should not be like those in science exhibitions but should be based on Project Work. Only those entries having the Project Work reports based on the methodology detailed below will be accepted.

Follow up Programs:

Follow up programs will be organised in later stage to enable students to understand how to address different social issues and solve social problems by imparting Training on the following themes.

 

 

For Details, Please Contact:

Mohammed Abdul Kaleem

Programme Officer

COVA, Hyderabad   

Phone: 040 – 24442984, Mobile: +91-8712806553

Email:    kaleem@covanetwork.org & covanetwork@gmail.com

Compassionate Citizenship-Project Works-Students Activism

Case Study-1

Excerpts from Media Reports

HYDERABAD: JUNE 11, 2013 00:00 IST

STUDENT ACTIVISM: IT GETS GHMC GOING

If you are inspired and committed, you can do a lot. This was proved by a group of student activists who made the GHMC set right the dysfunctional clock atop the Mahbub Chowk. What the students did was to dash off representations to the civic body which forced it to repair the clock which had stopped functioning.

Heritage protection- The GHMC also ordered an enquiry into the excess charges collected at parking lots and agreed to put up boards displaying the approved parking fee. The students also convinced a local channel to telecast messages and run scrolls on water conservation and other social issues.  The student activists plan to get government support and corporate sponsorships for restoration and protection of heritage buildings in Hyderabad and strive for the establishment of Hyderabad Culture Museum at Khurshid Jah Dewdi.  All this is the result of a month-long activism program conducted by COVA and ICAN on various social issues. A theatre training workshop was also organized by the Koshish Theatre Group, a COVA affiliate, wherein 50 students participated.

 

Case Study-2

ORIENTATION OF LITTLE CITIZENS ON SUMMER ACTIVISM BY MR. UMESH VARMA OF JAW

                                                             

Achievement of Little Citizens: During the field visits carried out in May- June 2012, apart from many findings, students noticed that dog biting menace was rampant in some areas leading to incidences of rabies. They took up the issue as a challenge, carried out a detailed survey of the affected area and made a representation to the Chief Veterinary Officer, GHMC. As a result, dog squads came into action immediately to catch stray dogs and the incidence of dog bites came down substantially and immediately in the affected areas making the students happy with their first success in Social Activism!! From June 2012 there will be follow up by the students on social activism on the issues of situation in government schools, hospitals and initiatives for more and improved recreation facilities.

 

Case Study-3

STUDENTS ACCESS CIVIC SERVICES FOR SOCIETY AS RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS

Ghousiya Yasmeen, Tabassum Sultana, Ayesh Omar & Zaheda Kulsum, all girl students of Hyderabad Mission High School, undertook a Project Work on accessing civic services from Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) as assured by the Citizens Charter and gained understanding about the range of services offered by GHMC, time frames for delivery and modes to register complaints through use of mobile App, call centers, Facebook, email etc.

                                                     

They did a field survey to identify issues and decided to file a complaint about littering and a pile of garbage lying uncleaned near their school. They downloaded the GHMC app and submitted their grievances with the department for which they received an acknowledgement detailing their complaint number, name and number of the concerned officer and the time frame within which the issue will be addressed. Consequently, GHMC cleared the garbage within 30 hours of the complaint and they received another message saying that the complaint is addressed and if they have any issues or dissatisfaction, they can reopen their complaint again.

 

Case Study-4

UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES OF BEGGING: SOLUTIONS TO CHANGE THEIR LIFESTYLE

Mohd Tanveer, Owais Shaik Raof, Saahil Baig, Syed Sifaan and their friends from Grace Model School undertook a Project work on ‘Understanding the Issues of Begging: Solutions to Change their Lifestyle. The survey was conducted near school area, wherein beggar and local people were being asked questions on types, issues, causes, and current living scenario of beggars.

                                          

The survey results revealed that few beggars, who are physically fit, are just lazy to work, and beggar Shiva was one of them. Henceforth students decided to try and bring change in at least one beggar’s life. Students made a money collection box and went out on a street to get fundings from police stations, medical halls, mobile stores and so on. With the collected money, they rented a cart worth Rs. 150 a day. By then they had already collected Rs. 1143. To facilitate beggar Shiva, students gave the cart to him along with some stuff to sell. Students also took permission from their school principal to let Shiva sell in front of the school.  Siva was happy and agreed to work instead of begging. The change in Shiva’s life encouraged students to continue their work in future.