About Bala Janaagraha

India is the world’s largest democracy and also the world’s youngest country. Good citizenry is the key to building healthy and vibrant cities. Our goal is to empower and enable every child today to be an active citizen tomorrow.

We have over the last sixteen years engaged over 200,000 students in class 8 across 500+ schools in 25 cities. As part of this program, we deliver the I Change My City resource book which focuses on practical civics in a city, and convene a project activity. As part of the civic project activity, students form teams, adopt a street near their school, ascertain all the quality of life challenges on the street through a survey, engage stakeholders on the street such as residents, shopkeepers, traffic police and others and come up with a model solution to improve the quality of life on that street. The students then present their model solution to the Commissioner, Mayor, MLA or other elected/administrative official.

The program design and construct has been planned to enable skills such as critical thinking and reasoning capacities, collaboration, multidisciplinary thinking, deliberation and bridge‐building among others. While the content promotes activity based and experiential learning, the civic project activity aims to make children think beyond symptoms and about root causes, engage with their local communities and feel empowered to be a change maker while also building in students critical skills for their future.

Strands of activity | 2018-19

  1. Classroom sessions using the IChangeMyCity Resource book (the conventional Bala Janaagraha model of delivery)
    • Delivery of 14 X 40 minute sessions through June – September.
    • The classroom sessions would be delivered through a set of standardized lesson plans.
    • As part of the experiential project activity, sessions would be conducted in these schools to deliver the I Change My City Challenge Activity.
    • Civic Literacy tests would be conducted in these schools as part of the Monitoring and Evaluation of the program.
  2. School teachers imparting civic learning using lesson plans (aligned to NCERT curriculum) designed by Janaagraha.
    • Delivery of 18 lesson plans aligned to content of the NCERT curriculum across 6 chapters of 6th – 8th grades by school teachers through activity based learning.
  3. Schools delivering a Bala Janaagraha Lite Model using activity based learning
    • Delivery of 4 sessions (Active Citizenship pledge, Experiential Classroom Activities, Experiential Field Visit) thereby providing exposure to an abridged version of Civic Learning.
  4. I Change My City Challenge – A nationwide experiential project activity for students
    • ‘I Change My City Challenge’ is an open civic project that provides students from Classes 6th and 12th from any school from any city in the country an opportunity to engage with a civic issue or any other issue that affects them, their school or their community.
    • The I Change My City Challenge culminates in the I Change My City Civic Fest, an expo to celebrate active citizenship.  At the I Change My City Civic Fest, select teams get a chance to have stalls where they can showcase their civic projects to an audience comprising school students, college youth, citizens and elected and administrative leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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