About Bala Janaagraha

Bala Janaagraha, a practical civic education programme, aims to transform today’s children of urban India into informed, engaged and active citizens of tomorrow, with a sense of civic responsibility & good citizenship. The programme stresses the need for citizen participation in local governance and focusses on addressing local civic issues that impact their daily lives

In doing so, the programme aims to create a new generation of change agents – the custodians of our future communities.

The Bala Janaagraha programme is conducted for Grade 8 students across Government, Aided and Private Schools in 14 urban centres across India.

A resource book, called ‘I Change My City – A Guide to Active Citizenship’, is provided to support the curriculum and covers topics to do with understanding how local governance in cities functions, understanding sustainable urban development, and contributing as an active urban citizen.

At the end of the Bala Janaagraha programme students should be able to:

  1. Describe and explain ‘quality of life’ in the context of local governance, its key aspects and their thoughts and opinions on these.
  2. Describe and explain what ‘active citizenship’ means to them and for them – with special reference to its key aspect of ‘civic sense’.
  3. Identify the key stakeholders of local governance and their roles – in as much as it relates to a high quality of life and how the functioning of these stakeholders can be made more responsive by the practice of active citizenship.
  4. Understand how to source data to make evidence-based decisions on every day issues that affect all citizens and how to work with the local governance system to solve the issues.

The final objective would see that students taking part in the programme would be more informed and involved in active citizenship and participatory democracy. As an ancillary outcome, it is hoped that through this knowledge building initiative, the youth will be emboldened to take first steps towards active citizenry. In the long run, a possible multiplier effect will lead to the creation of youth leaders, who will be agents of change in their homes and in their neighbourhood, by being catalysts for civic participation

The programme is administered by a team of Facilitators who are ably assisted by Bala Janaagraha Mitras (BJMs) who are volunteers (community, corporate or specially identified school teachers).

Journey So Far:

From a modest start in 2002 as a pilot in 5 schools with 170 students in the city of Bengaluru, the programme is currently operational in: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune and Udaipur. Till date 185000 students have been part of this journey.

Know more ; visit www.balajanaagraha.org










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