October Activity – My Views on Volunteering – Teacher’s Section


“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime.” – Kofi Annan

The anthem of Desh Apnayen starts with “Aao hum sab Desh Apnayen, chalta hai ko duur bhagayen.” Similarly, our pledge starts with “India belongs to all its citizens.” The mission of the Foundation is empowering the citizenry to transform a culture of apathy to one of ownership.  

A responsible citizen is not just someone who casts a vote in the elections. She/he should take ownership of not only neighbourhood problems but also societal issues at large. The government has at its disposal limited resources to supervise all activities from local to the national level. Citizens have the right to approach the local governments but they should not stop here. Citizens can still contribute whatever little they can towards society through selfless service and volunteering. An active citizenry can prove to be supporting hands for achieving the goals of sustainable development.

For us at Desh Apnayen, the best example of an active citizen or what we call an “ACTIZEN” would be Gandhiji. On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti (2nd October), let us understand what being an ACTIZEN truly means and how important volunteering and service are for our country.

Keywords: Citizenship, Volunteering, Ownership, Opinion Survey

The activity is divided into the following 2 parts–

Activity Heads Mode Steps to be Followed Time Required Role
Section 1 - Explanation Session Online class
  • Start the session with an introduction to the theme “Active Citizenship and Volunteering”.
  • Play two small videos in the online classroom. 
  • Share the link for the reading material with the class.
  • Debrief the session followed by a quick quiz for the students. 
  • Explain the offline activity based Opinion Survey.
30 minutes Teacher
Section 2 – Opinion Survey Offline (Home assignment)
  • Read the material provided by the teacher.
  • Watch the videos from the Video Bank to understand the theme.
  • Opinion Survey to be conducted individually over calls.
  • Fill up the Reflection Sheet and upload a story based on the Opinion Survey on the website. Story writing is optional, but the Survey is Compulsory.
1.25 hours Students

Play two small videos (total 7 minutes) in the class. If the teacher is not able to play the video, she/he should ask The ACTIZENS’ Club President or any other office bearer to play these small videos. There is a quiz followed by a debriefing session. The quiz is based on these videos.

Links for Videos: 

Active Citizenship (2 minutes)

ACTIZENS and Neighbourhood (5 minutes)

Teachers are expected to emphasise the importance of volunteering. Many people wish to see changes in their neighbourhoods, but do not understand that this change can only be brought about through active citizenry and community involvement. As Gandhiji used to  say- “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Wishful thinking will not bring in change.

Display the quiz in the online classroom. This is also available in the Student’s Instruction Sheet. Tell the students to open it on their respective mobiles/laptops/PCs, etc. Give the students 10 minutes to finish the quiz. 

Answer Key for Self Evaluation by Students

Que 1 - B

Que 2 - A

Que 3 - All answers are correct

Que 4 - B

Que 5 - B

Que 6 - A

Que 7 - B

Que 8 - A

Que 9 - Any Answer is right. Ask Students their answers.

The quiz is based on active citizenship and volunteering by engaging in community service. Teachers should ask the following questions in the online class-

  1. How many of you have volunteered for community service?
  2. Do you think a community mobilisation movement is possible in your locality?
  3. Would you like to volunteer for the community in your locality? Have you seen any organisation (Government/Non-Governmental) working in your neighbourhood?

  1. Students should read the Information Handout and watch the video given in the Video Bank.
  2. Students should conduct Opinion Surveys with their friends/family members or neighbours using the questions that have been provided here. All the students have to record the responses and prepare a survey submission document. If students are interested, along with the survey submission document, they can also create a small story of 120-150 words based on the answers. The purpose of the Opinion Survey is to understand the kind of volunteering being done by the people they know. Students are advised to conduct call-based Opinion Surveys. Reach out to 4 to 5 participants. Conducting the Survey is compulsory but writing the story is optional.
    • Have you volunteered for a community cause?
    • Do your friends know that you have volunteered? 
    • What is the purpose of volunteering- getting 'likes'/popularity on social media or achieving self-satisfaction? 
    • Have you volunteered during COVID times? What was your experience?
    • Do you think popularising volunteering will help in creating an active citizenry?
    • [Please prepare a Survey Report for submission. In addition, if you are interested, you can write a story based on your Opinion Survey Experience and upload it.]

Ask the students if they have any doubts about the activity and share the Information Handout with them. Ask them to fill individual Reflection Sheets after completing the task. 

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