SCERT Haryana Cohort: Success stories and more were shared at SCERT Haryana as part of the culmination event of a partnership between SCERT, DIET Gurgaon and We, The People. The event was witnessed by teachers along with the students of government schools. The chief guest was S.D.M Mr. Sushil Sangwan along with DIET principal Ms. Tanwar and SCERT director Ms. Kiran Mayee. Students and teachers from 5 government schools were felicitated for the exemplary projects they had taken up in the community. SCERT Haryana in the partnership with We, The People has trained Civics teachers of 49 schools to develop informed, active and participative citizenry in the students.

This is now an important activity we wish to do with every partner, at the end of every project. Irrespective of the outcomes of each Civic Action Project (CAP), we believe it is important to acknowledge and appreciate the exemplary efforts put in by our partners and the citizens. The positives vibes create a sense of respect towards the work and also instill confidence that such projects will eventually have a positive impact on our society.

The Private School Cohort in North Secretariat came to a closure with the end of this academic year. The cohort had 4 private schools from Gurgaon and Delhi (The Heritage, Gurgaon; Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon; Sanskriti School, New Delhi; The Heritage, Vasant Kunj). There were 8 teachers who participated in the programme and worked with students of students 9th and 11th grade. As a part of this programme there were 25 Civic Action Projects taken up by the teachers and students of these schools. In Sanskriti school, political science students of 11th grade worked on 15 projects on various issues such as sanitation, traffic, noise pollution, roads, liquor store near school, road safety, parking, electricity etc.

The Madhya Pradesh cohort of 12 NGO partners also concluded this March. This cohort started in July 2016 with 22 participants who did personal Civic Action Projects and then took up projects with the community members. These NGOs work on various issues related to education, bonded labor, child abuse etc in various districts of MP like Tikamgarh, Dewas, Harda, Seoni etc. The team had many success stories to share in the culmination event that happened from 8th – 10th March. These anchors were able to empower the community while working on various projects like, drinking water, land allocation, sexual abuse of children, streetlights, ration etc.

Government schools cohort: Our work with schools constitutes 75% of the overall work. In the West Secretariat, we have been intensively working with the municipal schools of Pune Municipal Corporation and of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The citizenship programme was implemented in 28 schools by 45 social science teachers. The period Oct 16- March 17 revolved around the civic action projects that students have been working upon.

NGO anchors cohort: While on one hand, we aim at building capacities of the young citizens on the democratic citizenship, on the other hand, the adult citizens are on our radar too. In collaboration with CSR arm of Tata motors, we are currently running a citizenship programme with the NGO Prasad Chikitsa in block. Wada, district Thane. A cohort of 15 anchors have participated in the second ToT and will start community work soon.

CSR Partnership with TATA motors:

While on one hand, we aim at building capacities of these young citizens on the democratic citizenship, on the other hand, the adult citizens are on our radar too. In collaboration with CSR arm of Tata motors, we are currently running a citizenship programme in block. Wada, district Thane. Prasad Chikitsa, the partner NGO in this project has been working towards community development since 1994 in Ganeshpuri, Wada.  A cohort of 21 anchors from Prasad Chikitsa has successfully completed the first ToT programme and all of them are  currently working on their own civic action projects. Post 2nd ToT, every anchor is expected to train 40 citizens in the community on the skills of the responsible citizenship.