Our youth is the future of the nation & they ought to have a say in its raising, don’t they?
Doesn’t the youth deserve to be an architect of the “tomorrow” they would be living in?
But, are they adequately enlightened & equipped to tap their potential in building the future of the country?
Most of us would have positive replies to the first two questions, but, with a hint of hesitation. The third question is actually what makes us hesitant to share the baton with the youth & have their hands actively in the development of the nation. The youth of our country has tremendous potential to catalyze the advancement & progress of our country, but an inadequate exposure to the material makes them ineligible to stand in the forefront.
To overcome this limitation, Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation came up with a noble concept- the ACTIZENS®. The ACTIZEN® club is a school-level club for the young minds, which aims to inculcate the spirit of actively exercising the role of a citizen amongst the students. We are an experiential Civics Laboratory which inspires & encourages students to become ACTIZENS® by learning & experiencing 21st-century skills through various civics & citizenship education programmes.
To make participative democracy exciting, we created the two-phase, inter-school Actizen® contest for students between grades seven and nine.
The contest is designed to act as a catalyst that kickstarts imaginations on how to solve the big issues, and sparks community-level action to tackle these issues head-on. It would incite inquisitiveness on current affairs, civics & citizenship among the participants & would trigger their thought processes to come up with innovative counsels to foster social & national well-being & development.
Student participation is the driving force behind the Actizen® contest, but the parents, teachers and school principals that support them are equally important.
Desh Apnayen ACTIZEN® Club is an experiential Civics laboratory which encourages students to become ACTIZENS® by learning and experiencing 21st century skills.
- A formal group of students is formed with members from the 5th-9th grade who choose Civics/Citizenship.
- It is desirable to have at least 2-5 members from each grade, however, there is no upper limit for the number of participants.
- The yearly itinerary of the club comprises of a thematic Annual planner & 4 types of activities being carried out every month (viz, classroom activities, school-level events/activities, community engagement activities and Research-based activities).
- It is endorsed to conduct at least 2 activities every month. However, conducting 3-4 activities ascertain to have a profound & long-lasting impact.
- The participants are required to devote one hour of their time every week to engage in productive and innovative activity-based learning under the supervision of skillful & competent Desh Apnayen Teachers.