ACTIZEN Activity 6

Save Your City

Type of Activity – Online/In Classroom Activity


For a democracy to be effective and successful, teaching civic responsibility to the students is of paramount importance, as is them being able to apply it in their daily lives. Civic responsibility is taught with the goal to produce responsible citizens and active participants in the community and the government. As part of today’s activity, students will be given real-life scenarios, for which they will need to apply their civic knowledge to come up with outcomes that benefit the society that they live in. Repeatedly challenging students with such situations, thereby probing them to think beyond themselves to find solutions, will lead to a more accountable and equitable society, and a thriving democracy.   

In this session, we will invite our ACTIZENS to take up the challenge of solving real problems of different cities assuming that they are residents of those cities. This activity should be conducted in the game method to make it more interesting, and fun for the students, but we understand that due to the online mode of sessions, that may not be possible for now. Therefore, we have simplified the activity for you to so you may conduct it through online and offline mode whichever is preferred by our teachers. 

Expected Outcomes

  1. The game will help students develop a practical approach, reinforce critical thinking and problem-solving skills, teach them about the importance of co-operation and team work in a democracy as against competition. 
  1. It will also act as a stepping stone to learn about the existence of myriad issues and the governance in one part of India. 
  1. It will enable students to learn in a fun way, and to empathise with the problems of different regions of the country and solve the same in their own way. 
  1. It will act as a practice session for other competitions like MUN, Model BMC, etc. 

Teachers’ Section

Section  Tasks/Steps  Time Required  Responsibility 
Section 1 – ‘Save Your City’ Game 

(Online activity for teachers) 

  1. Explain the activity/game in the online class 
  2. Make groups as per the given guidelines 
  3. Make chits of case cards for all 4 zones 
  4. Play the game as per the given instructions 
  5. Fill the feedback form and upload pictures and videos of the activity 
45 minutes  Teacher 
Section 2 – 

Homework Assignment 

(Offline activity for students) 

  1. Research more about waste segregation practices of your area/locality 
  2. Make a chart about waste segregation and put it up at a prominent place 
  3. Fill the Reflection Sheet and upload the picture of your chart 
1 hour  Students 

This game/activity is an adaptation of the popular game ‘Bombing the Cities’. Here, four corners are marked and named after four different cities. Chits for those four cities are also made. The participants run around as music plays. When the music stops, each participant chooses any one corner. Now every corner has a group of participants. One chit from the four chits is picked up. The city/corner that matches with the name on the chit is the city that gets bombed. The participants who have chosen that corner are out of the game. The game continues with the remaining participants, till the time there is just one participant who is safe and is the winner. 

At Desh Apnayen, we strive towards transforming students into becoming Alert, Informed and Active Citizens, by encouraging them to take charge of the civic issues around them and solve these issues using their problem-solving skills. Hence, we have enhanced this game and renamed it as ‘Save Your City’.

Since this is an online class, the students will be divided into 4 groups which correspond to 4 zones, ‘East’, ‘West’, ‘North’ and ‘South’. They will get a chance to save their city by solving the civic issues pertaining to that particular city, for example, water shortage, crimes, migration, etc. 

  1. Prior to the session, divide the class into 4 zones - ‘East’, ‘West’, ‘North’ and ‘South’.
  2. Make 4 paper chits per zone - ‘East’, ‘West’, ‘North’ and ‘South’, i.e., 16 chits in all. Teachers can take print out of case cards also, if possible. Case cards given in the Print section have 2 cities in each zone with total of 8 problems. Please feel free to select any two problems per city i.e total of 4 case cards per zone.
  3. During class, shuffle the chits and pick up one chit at a time. 
  4. Read aloud the name of the zone given on the chit and pick one case to be solved for that zone. For example, if the chit chosen was East, then the students in the East zone team will have to solve problems pertaining to the East.
  5. The team gets 5 minutes to provide 3 solutions to the given problem. The students of the team can raise their hands to give answers. 
  6. Inform the students that when they give great solutions, their city gets saved from the calamity, so they must ensure that they find the best possible solutions.
  7. If the team is successful in solving the problem in 5 minutes, and it is to the teacher’s satisfaction, they attain 5 points. Else, the teacher can allot 1-4 points, depending on the answers. 
  8. Continue onto the next chit, playing this problem-solving game. 
  9. Play till all zones get two problems to solve. 

Please Notes- If the class strength is less than 8 students, you can randomly select students to solve the zone- wise problems. You can adapt the game/activity as per your class strength.

If you are playing this game in your physical class, please make 4 groups, divide them zone- wise and let them work with their respective groups and take up the challenge to save their cities by solving problems collectively.

Disclaimer – The identified problems mentioned for each city may or may not exist. The problems/issues are only indicative and designed to challenge the problem-solving skills of the students.

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Students’ Section

Watch the following video:  and discuss it with the students along with the below questions. 

  1. How does your area/society/locality segregate waste?  
  2. Are the residents of your building/locality segregating the dry and wet waste? If not, put up a chart depicting items that fall under dry waste and wet waste and urge all residents to follow this protocol. Encourage them to make their own trash bags using newspapers.  



3.Paste the chart at some prominent place where all residents can see it easily and click the photograph to upload it along with the Reflection Sheet.

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