About Bala Janaagraha

Bala Janaagraha, a practical civic education program, 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 program aims to create a new generation of change agents – the custodians of our future communities.

The Bala Janaagraha program in 2014/15 was conducted for Grade 8 students across Government, Aided and Private Schools in 24 urban centres across India. In 2015/16, the programme will reach out to over 40,000 children across 25 cities in the country.

The Programme is conducted at no cost to the participating schools/students and covers all categories of Schools – Government, Private Aided & Private Unaided Schools.

Bala Janaagraha uses an interactive child-focused pedagogy with three core components: a structured module of classroom sessions, a hands-on practical Civic Project, and a series of Civic Fests across the country which is an exciting platform for students to showcase their Civic Projects, and to be recognised for their outstanding work.

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 program 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 program would be more informed and involved in active citizenship and participatory democracy than those who did not. 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 program 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 program has scaled up to 25 cities (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Tiruvanthapuram, & Udaipur) and has reached out to more than 85000 students in the last 13 years. In 2015/16 alone, the Bala Janaagraha programme will reach out to more than 40000 eighth graders in 531 schools in the above cities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Activity Book

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Civic Project Sample Report

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Bala Janaagraha in the Media

Pune

  Feb 06 2016

NATIONAL CIVIC FEST – Students and their ideas steer change at civic level

It was a whirlwind of thought-provoking ideas at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium on Friday, thoughts that poured out of young minds and actually helped fix civic woes.

Pune

  Feb 06 2016

City to Share Civic Awareness Text

The Bala Janaagraha syllabus for Class 8 students, already in Bengaluru, coluld go places

Pune

  Oct 22 2015

Transforming today’s children to active citizens of tomorrow

Janaagraha, a Bangalore-based NGO that works with citizens and the local government to improve the quality of life in Indian cities and towns, has been successfully running a practical civic awareness (citizenship education) program called Bala Janaagraha for the past 13 years in Bangalore and 23 other cities across India.

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  Sep 11 2015

New Grace School students act as the perfect citizens

“The students initiated a clean-up drive after raising concerns about filthy roads in the school’s neighbourhood.”

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Bala Janaagraha Highlights 2014-15

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