Over the last 6 months, in Maharashtra, we have forged multiple partnerships and also have come up with some innovative awareness and networking events. The partnerships with Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation have resulted into citizenship programmes at 30 secondary municipal schools.
We launched the Constitution and Citizenship Centre which is a non partisan space dedicated to understand and promote the constitution of India , inspire and empower citizens to practice their rights and responsibilities in the civic life. Over 6 fortnightly dialogue events in the month of April-June we covered variety of topics like “Local governance in India – Opportunities and challenges”, “Environment, its preservation and citizens roles”, “US elections”, “Understanding role of judiciary” among others. The first season of constitution and citizenship centre underlined need for such sessions and we plan to expand the scope of this in coming months and replicate it in other states as well.
Apart from our work in schools in Maharashtra, we did a citizenship programme for an CSO – Janarth. Janarth Adivasi Vikas Sanstha had been associated with us on our project with Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI), Pune for Dhule and Nandurbar districts. Towards the end of the BARTI Project, West secretariat conducted a two days capacity building programme on responsible citizenship for Janarth team members. This session was widely appreciated by the participants.