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  • 1. Smiles and Colors!<br />Happy Stars Class, Class 4B, Epiphany School<br />Mentor Teacher: Vipul Shaha<br />Contact: vipul.shaha2009@teachforindia.org<br />
    • Feel:
    • 2. At this stage we had a class discussion on several issues that bother us and would like to see change for betterment.
    • 3. Below picture shows the range of issues students came up with for family, school and community level change
    • 4. From these range of issues, we decided to narrow down on school for making a diference.
    • 5. To discuss several concerns, ideas and issues we had at school, we decided to invite our school principal for a meeting with our class.
    • 6. We learnt how to write a formal letter to a person of authority and took madam’s appointment for the meeting
    • 7. Imagine:
    We had primarily 3 issues to discuss:<br />
    • That the students’ toilets at school were not kept very clean.
    • 8. That the boys from higher classes would come and bully the children from younger classes.
    • 9. That the students wished they too had the opportunity to wear colorful (civil dress) clothes instead of same old uniform at school everyday.
    • 10. The principal madam’s visit and the interaction with her was a fruitful experience as we all felt we had a say in school management.
    • 11. Madam was open to our suggestions and concerns.
    • 12. We learnt how to negotiate and convince someone about our thoughts. And how to present ourselves in a polite manner.
    • 13. At the end of the session madam agreed upon certain changes at school level:
    • 14. She had a meeting with school prefects about the general discipline and bullying issue from higher classes
    • 15. She promised to get the school toilet cleaned 3 times in a day
    • 16. She was however not convinced about doing away with the school uniform idea. She agreed to give it a further thought.
    3. Do: <br />
    • In return for the openness shown by madam, we promised to become the role model classroom and set an example for other classes to follow.
    • 17. We agreed to make a poster for students’ toilets raising awareness on hand washing, using enough water and keeping the place clean etc. And we did.
    • 18. We then decided to convince madam further about the civil dress idea.
    • 19. We made posters that told our feelings in a direct way:
    • 20. “We children are like butterflies, colors make us beautiful”
    • 21. “We children are like flowers, colors make us happy and beautiful”
    • 22. “We children are like stars, colors make us shining and beautiful”
    The posters were presented to madam by two pupils—one wearing a color uniform, and the other wearing the normal white uniform. <br />
    • Madam was asked to compare the difference between the two pictures, and two pupils. As expected, she liked the colored pictures and colorful unifom.
    In the end, she agreed to keep one day in a month (the last day of every month) as the ‘colorful dress’ day for all the primary students.<br />Although, we could not get everyday as a colorful dress day, at least this was a small but a great victory for us. We all were full of joy when madam announced this to the class. <br />
    • Our student representatives went around the school to all the primary section classes to announce this good news.
    Apart from the above our class participated in DFC by:<br />
    • Learning how to make paper bags from one of the other classes.
    • 23. We shared the technique with our parents, siblings and neighbors
    • 24. We also paid a visit to an orphanage and distributed some bananas for the kids. We sung songs for them.
    • 25. Later some of us went to the same orphanage and gave our extra toys and clothes. It made us feel very happy.
    66675163830Anti-Plastic rally.<br /> Paper bag making workshop Visit to the local orphanage<br />