December Activity – My Citizenship Duty

  1. Students will be able to identify issues in their neighbourhood and suggest workable solutions for them.
  2. Students will be able to identify their role as engaged citizen to resolve issues in their immediate environment.

  1. Students will be able to describe how citizens can engage & spread awareness messages in context to a local issue in their own words.

Skills – Problem Solving, Collaboration, and Creativity

Values – Righteous Conduct, Responsibility, Spirit of service

S. No. Activity Process Time-taken
1 Step 1: Introduction

Step 2: Group Activity

Step 3: Debrief of Activity

45 min

Paper and Pens


Session 1 – 45 mins for Step 1 – 3

Step 1 – Introduction

Estimated Time: 5-7 mins.

We all cherish living in a neighbourhood where the local government has provided with various facilities to make our life easier and happier. But we may still face certain issues. Have you faced any issues in the neighbourhood? Can you list a few issues? Let them come up with answers. It is our duty as a citizen to do something to curtail such issues.

In today’s session we will plan for spreading awareness and to curtail such issues in your immediate neighbourhood.

Step 2 – Group Discussion

Estimated Time: 30 minutes.

1. Divide the students into 4-6 groups as per the class size ensuring about 6-8 students in each group.

2. Groups will need to identify one theme basis the issues they observe in their locality. Group need to come to a common agreement to select the theme.

  • Air Pollution
  • Traffic Management.
  • Waste Management.
  • Health Care Services
  • Digital Safety.
  • Clean Drinking Water
  • Animal Rescue (Pet adoption)
  • Roads related issues
  • Groups choice: The group can select any other topic of their choice with teacher’s approval provided it involves community collaboration and local government approach.

Note: Brief description of themes is given in Annexure 1 for reference purposes

3. In their own groups, students will discuss further to identify the issues seen or experienced in their neighborhood or locality as per the theme selected. Each group will discuss on the following questions:

  • a. List issues/problems they have faced/noticed in their neighborhood related to the theme.
  • b. Where have you observed this issue in neighborhood?
  • c. Who is responsible for these issues? Why do you see these issues in the neighborhood?
  • d. What are some workable solutions to help resolve this issue?

4. Students need to be informed that the group discussion time is only 25 minutes.

Step 3: Debrief

Estimated Time: 8-10 mins.

Teachers are requested to do a debrief session with all students to try and understand-

1. How was your experience of working in a group?

2. Why do you think these issues are seen in the neighbourhood? (Teacher can ask the group to share 1-2 responses basis the group work)

3. Why should we think about solutions for this issue? How will it help?


1. Ask each student to conduct a small survey with parent/any other person in the neighbourhood on the same four questions worked in class.

  • a. List issues/problems they have faced/noticed in their neighborhood related to the theme.
  • b. Where have you observed this issue in neighborhood?
  • c. Who is responsible for these issues? Why do you see these issues in the neighborhood?
  • d. What are some workable solutions to help resolve this issue?

2. Note down these answers to make compiled group report of findings in next session.

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

Reflection Sheets, Activity Report & Feedback Form 

Teachers kindly fill in the feedback form, remind office bearers to fill activity report and remind students also to fill up the reflection sheets.

Annexure 1 – Themes

· Air Pollution: The government, police, pollution control boards are suggesting many alternative ways to do things in our day-to-day life that do not pollute the environment. Even strict warnings are given in some cities regarding Air pollution by the concerning Pollution body.

· Traffic management: Traffic related challenges are becoming a concern for many localities due to increase in number of private vehicles. Traffic congestions, road accidents, following traffic guidelines, etc are some of the issues of concern under this theme.

· Waste management: Waste Management has emerged as a major challenge in many parts of the country. Although most of us know about it we tend to forget about it or do not prioritise it. Some issues under the theme of concern are littering, improper disposal of waste, excessive waste generation, etc.

· Health Care Services: Inadequate access to basic healthcare services such as shortage of medical professionals, a lack of quality assurance, insufficient health infrastructure, poor awareness of health-related services and schemes, etc. are some of the areas of concern under this theme.

· Digital Safety: Nowadays we see lot of sales schemes and gift vouchers are flashing on various digital platforms, messages to click on link, emails/messages about winning lottery, people reaching out to ask One Time Passwords on pretext of lie like unpaid bill connection, etc. Some of them are digital traps to extract money from people through digital gateways. Some of the issues of concern under this theme are such digital frauds, One Time Passwords sharing risks, click on any links, etc.

· Roads related issues: Roads are an important part of the neighbourhood. Adverse conditions of the roads or poor light system on the road may create severe problems for the neighbourhood.

· Clean Drinking Water: Communities need clean water to stay physically healthy and prevent diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, typhoid, etc. Some of the issues of concern are insufficient access to purified drinking water, water pollution, scarcity of drinking water, poor infrastructure for water management, etc.

· Stray Animals: In some locality, there is an increase in number of stray animals. These animals search for food, shelter and in their search may lead to unintended harm to people around. Some of the issues of concern under this theme is irresponsible pet ownership, halt traffic flow which may result in road accidents, biting/causing harm to people, etc.

Annexure 1

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