A responsible citizen is not just someone who casts a vote in the elections and enjoys the benefits given by being a citizen of a country. 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.
The first step to bring about any change, begins with being alert and informed about their surroundings and issues around them only then can citizens take action to resolve it. This survey-based activity aims to engage the students in exploration of various issues in the neighbourhood and identify possible solutions for it.
- Students will be able to identify various civic issues in their neighborhood.
- Students will be able to evaluate and propose workable solutions for the identified issues in neighborhood.
- Students will be able to engage in their neighbourhood to recognize civic issues and propose possible solutions for them.
- Critical thinking, Communication
- Collaboration, Accountability
|S. No.||Session Details||Estimated Time Required in class|
|1||Step 1: Instructions (8-10 mins)
Step 2: Activity (As HW in Diwali Break)
Step 3: Debrief (8-10 mins)
Step 1 - Instructions
Estimated Time: 8-10 mins
- Teacher will tell the students to visit the neighborhood and observe at least 4-5 civic issues/challenges. Some examples of Civic issues are Traffic Congestion, potholes on roads, Waste dump, Irregular electricity supply, etc. Teacher can set context for the survey with help of Introduction given above.
- Once they have identified 4-5 issues, ask them to conduct a survey with atleast 5 people in their neighborhood to find out what are the civic issues they observe, what are the causes of these issues, how does it impact people, what can be done to solve these issues, etc.
- Students can use the Survey Format given in Annexure 1 for their reference or create their own.
- Ask them to then compile the responses and prepare a one-page report/poster showing the survey findings and their reflections on it. (Note: Teacher shows the Annexure 2 for reference, students can create report in same format, or use their own covering all the points)
Step 2 – Survey Activity
Points to Remember
- The purpose of Survey is to identify neighbourhood issues of the area
- Ask direct questions to participants.
- Do not get involved in unnecessary arguments.
- Only facts no perceptions or observations
Office Bearers can display the Survey report/Poster on Desh Apnayen Wall on rotation basis for everyone to see each other’s response.
Step 3 - Debrief (to be done after HW activity)
Estimated Time: 8-10 mins
Teacher will debrief the session with help of following questions:
- What did you learn through this experience?
- How was the experience of conducting the survey? What insights did you get from it about your neighborhood?
- Why is it important for us as citizens to be alert and informed about the civics issues in our neighborhood? What actions can we take for it?
Annexure 1 – Survey Format
Name of person - _________________
Address (optional) - _________________
- Since how many years they are living in this neighbourhood? _________________
- Which are top 5 civic issues in the area that you think requires attention?
- What do you think are the reasons for these issues?
- How do these issues impact the neighborhood/people?
- What are some of the possible solutions (3-4) according to you for these problems/issues?
Note: Same questions to be asked to all community members.
Annexure 2 – Report Format
|Name of the Student|
|Number of Community members surveyed|
|Name of the Neighbourhood|
|Identified Problems||Number of Respondents who identified this problem||Proposed workable Solutions.
|Number of Respondents who suggested this solution||Your Suggestions/ reflections about it (Which solution to adopt, how to adopt, etc.?|