Collaborations

PROJECT PATANG
(CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY)

Centre for Civil Society is India’s highest ranked think tank, that works to create change through research and action in Public Policy. Through research, advocacy and outreach, the Centre aims to reinvigorate civil society and grassroot governance through their initiatives in the field of education, livelihood and development. Project Patang, an initiative of the Centre for Civil Society works to address the challenge of social and academic integration of children enrolled through 25% reservations under the RTE.

In 2016, CCS approached Project Aawaaz to collaborate to provide training in the Aawaaz curriculum, for critical thinking, general awareness and public speaking skills to their students in DPS Vasant Vihar.  We designed a module on the independence struggle, specially focussed on interactive and engaging instructional methods to make children experience the journey of our historical heroes! The module employed the use of interactive scrolls, role-play and strategy debates ensuring widespread student interest and participation. The module culminated with a successful student run theatre production, performed in front of the rest of the school, teachers and all parents on India’s fight for Independence, which was widely appreciated by everyone!

HALLA BOL DEBATE

We strongly believe that we cannot create the world that we envision, alone. We need to pool in our efforts and support other initiatives to be able to make a real difference in the world. With this vision, Aawaaz sponsored the “Halla Bol National Debating Tournament”, a Teach for India Fellows’ initiative that aimed to teach students the skills of debating, and give them a platform to express their views about topics that affect them!

The debate was held at the prestigious Hindu College, Delhi University and saw participation from over 30 low-income schools all over Delhi. The classes were divided into 2 groups – Primary (Classes 3-5) and senior (Classes 6-8) and the end of the debate saw the Champions and Runners up in each category taking back trophies and certificates! The quality of argumentation that we saw, even from the youngest participants was astounding! A keen sense of listening and quick thinking in all the students saw closely contested debates on topics ranging from the need for homework, schools to those relating to national policy!

There are very few days that are as satisfying as ones where you have seen tens of students go back happy after a day of learning and fun, and this event was definitely one of those.  

RAMJAS ENACTUS

Enactus Ramjas is a non-profit organization which aims at uplifting communities through entrepreneurial action and achieving goals of sustainability at the same time. In a bid to tackle inherent hardships entrenched in the society, Enactus Ramjas collaborated with Project Aawaaz to provide offbeat education to young students.

The integrated programme with Project Aawaaz constitutes regular community development sessions which delve in contemporary issues such as gender sensitization, caste system, feminism, politics and educate the kids about such deep-seated issues prevalent in the society. The offbeat education, primarily, consists of working towards incorporating a curriculum which is often neglected in schools.

We started with sessions at Lakshyam NGO situated in J.J. Basti, Vasant Kunj. Apart from the kids, the programme sought to acquaint the parents with issues stigmatizing the society. Conducted once a week, the classes have been well-received with a turnout of forty students per session. The classes consist of modules including interactive activities such as outdoor games, artwork, and group activities that help in their overall personality development.

Enactus Ramjas along with Project Aawaaz aspire to teach ever so necessary skills to pave a new path of learning for the young leaders of this country.

HALLA BOL DEBATE

Project Aawaaz in collaboration with Jan Ki Baat organised one of Delhi’s first civil society debates that brought together students with the top names in policy and governance on the same platform.

The debate envisioned the creation of a culture of dialogue and discussion where Members of Parliament and students engage in dialectic on the pressing issues of our time. The first edition of this debate was fought on the motion “This House Believes that the Union Budget 2016 is a transformative one”. The motion was defended by people like Sudesh Verma of the BJP, author Kartik Dinne and ABVP leader Saket Bahuguna. On side opposition we had Member of Parliament from the Congress Rajeev Gowda, Rohan Joshi from the Centre for Civil Society and Mr Sunny from the JNU Students Union.

The event was organised in Arts Faculty, Delhi University- with help from the Delhi University Students Union – which as a campus has, since times immemorial, fostered and encouraged the culture of debate and dialogue. The debate was a huge success that received a lot of excited participation from many students and activists and also received widespread media coverage. 

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