Students from 531 schools in 25 cities worked for four months on the project, Our Road where they got local area corporators, MLAs, and municipal commissioners to meet the basic civic needs of their locality under Janaagraha’s Bala Janaagraha National Civic Fest. More than 40,000 class 8 students got down to the act, driving civic authorities to improve roads, conditions of slum dwellers and effectively manage garbage and sewage in their respective cities. This fest has been a big step forward in promoting and demanding basic civic awareness at a vast level.
The four schools which emerged winners at the zonal-level were in Bengaluru on Friday to share their ideas and bring about a positive change with their efforts. The winner was declared to be DPS Patna followed by DPS Pune, DPS Coimbatore and Cambridge Court High School, Jaipur. The winner from DPS Patna stated, “We took the initiative to fill potholes, fix streetlights and build dividers on a 45-metre-long road. We spoke to residents and presented our findings to the civic body with a demand to meet all requirements at the earliest. Residents have appreciated our efforts and we will continue with our endeavors.”
The students in this fest built an app for citizens to lodge complaints concerning the two key roads in their city, ones which were in poor shape and needed immediate attention. YS Ravi, senior manager, Bala Janagraha said, “Through our civic education program, we are inculcating in students the values of being active citizens. We are teaching them to work with the government for advocacy and capacity building. This will naturally generate a sense of importance for civic issues among them. They are also being sensitized about the local bodies which are responsible for giving them a quality life”. More such fest in the future will surely spread greater awareness.
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