January Activity – My Citizenship Duty

  1. Students will learn to propose a workable solution to the general issues in their immediate environment as a part of their citizenship duty.
  2. Students will get first-hand experience of the process to address local civic issue with their immediate local government officer 
  3. Skills – Strategic thinking, Team Spirit and Communication skills.

S. No. Session Details Estimated Time Required
1. Pre-preparation of the activity 5-7 minutes
2  Debrief of last session 

Step 6- Survey compilation & Report 

Step 7-Discussion on Homework 

45 Minutes
3  Step 8- Letter writing and display

Step 9- Debrief 

Step 10 - Reflection sheet and Feedback form

45 Minutes
Note: Session 1 (Steps 1-5) done in December

Blank sheet for making a report, Survey findings 

PRE-PREPARATION (TO BE DONE 7 DAYS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY)                                                                                                    

Estimated time required: 5-7 minutes

Instructions  

  1. Inform the class about the activity to be held on __________ (Date and time of the session)
  2. Ask students to bring their survey findings on the given activity date.

ACTIVITY DAY

SESSION-2 (NOTE: SESSION 1 WAS DONE IN DECEMBER)

Note: Kindly complete the session 1 (if not done yet) before continuing with session - 2

Estimated time required: 45 minutes

Introduction -

In the previous session students were given homework to conduct a small survey when spreading awareness regarding the issues arising after festivals. This activity gave an opportunity to explore the issue in context of local context. With help of the survey findings, we then move forward to next steps in our journey of being engaged active citizen. In this activity we will now, make use of these survey findings to compile a report in today’s session. Once the report is ready, we then move forward to address the issue and survey findings to local government office relevant to take the redressal of the issue forward.

Note: Steps 1 to 5 have been completed in the previous session 1 in December, we continue from step 6 today.

Step 6:  Survey Compilation and Report Making.

1. Ask students to sit in their own groups and discuss with each other survey findings. Each group will write the survey findings and workable solutions on chart paper,

2. To compile the survey, write the survey questions again on a rough sheet and ask groups to mention findings under each question for compilation.

Previous Session’s Survey Questions are given below for reference:

  • What other issues have they faced/noticed in this related theme? 
  • What actions can they take to help spread awareness on this issue? 
  • What actions will they follow to help solve this issue? 
  • Mention any other issues related to citizenship in general that they have seen or faced.

3. With the help of rough sheet, they will identify the common points and noteworthy insights. Then, they will compile their survey findings on one side of chart paper to make a report.

4. Also, each group will discuss and come out with workable solutions (at least 2-3 solutions and maximum 7-8 solutions) for the issues in their neighbourhood. They will note down the solutions on the other side of chart paper. They can also add any other important aspect in their report basis their surveys. The report can include-

  • Theme selected
  • What kind of awareness packs were distributed?
  • Number of Surveys conducted by the group
  • Basis the findings List Issues identified in the survey
  • Workable solutions to the issues according to the group where the group need support from local government
  • Signatures of the group members

5. Each group will submit their report (chart paper) to the teacher. This report will be used in the upcoming sessions for next steps forward in this Activity.

Step 7:

Homework

Ask students to find out about the location of the local government office that deals with their theme issues. Example: Students those who have selected ‘Pollution theme’ will find out the location of pollution control board. If pollution board is not located nearby visit the gram panchayat or related web portal. Students will be drafting and submitting a letter to the concerned Government office in the next session.

Note: Teacher needs to pre-inform the students of the next session date for them to be prepared with findings of their homework 

SESSION - 3

Estimated time 45 minutes

Step 8: Letter writing

1. Ask students to sit in their own groups.

2. The teacher to distribute the reports/chart papers that they had made in the previous session for reference.

3. Then each group will write a letter to the government office dealing with their theme issues stating-

Start the letter with,

  •  The problems/ issues identified. State why and where the problems exist.
  • Number of surveys conducted
  • Workable solutions according to your Group that we need support from government.
  • Requesting to address the issues, signatures of the group members

4. Each group will submit their letter to the teacher.

5. (Optional) Teacher can take some representatives of the class to local government office to submit these applications.

6. The surveys can be attached with the letter as an enclosure.

7. The survey report charts can be displayed on the school notice boards for other students to see the group work.

Step 9: Debrief 

Teachers are requested to do a debrief session with all students 

  1. What did you do as an alert, informed and active citizen in this activity? 
  2. How was your experience of compiling the survey report?
  3. Do you think writing a letter to the government was useful? Why?

Reflection Sheets & Feedback Form 

Teachers to kindly fill in the feedback form and remind students also to fill up the reflection sheets.

Related Articles