Aagaz’Standing together to make a difference
The Aditya Birla Public School, Veraval
Bhavya, Kishan, Shifana, Kajal, Naveen
Mentor Teacher : Faruk Malada
As a part of Veraval, we were troubled by basic
problems of any other town or city.
The girl child is not given much importance by the
parents and is deprived of many basic facilities like
education, healthy food etc.
The city also suffer with excess use of polythenes which
is environmentally hazardous.
Through discussions we came up with several solutions:
Counselling parents about the importance of girl child,
Doing street plays in order to create awareness about the importance
of girl child,
Carrying out rally round the city to ignite awareness about the
importance of girl child.
With the help of municipality, banning the use of polythenes entirely
in the city.
Through street plays, spreading awareness about the harmful effects of
Making paper bags ourselves and distributing them to some shops to
remind the buyers the unwanted domination of polythene bags.
After lot of brainstorming, we got the panacea to all the
above mentioned problems.
Carrying out rally round the city to spread awareness
about the importance of girl child.
Making paper bags ourselves and distributing them to
some adopted shops so that gradually we can restrict
the use of polythene in the city.
As we have been participating in it since last year, the
entire school has lots of enthusiasm to continue with
the programme this year too. On discussion, the
students said that they are participating in the
So we decided to execute our solution plan with the help
of all students and that was a big number of 112 willing
We celebrated our
DESIGN FOR CHANGE
15 September’10 to 22 September’10
Its very pleasing to note that the students could ignite
the torch of social awareness about the cause of saving
the girl child. The people of Veraval voluntarily or
involuntarily were forced to witness for the first time
such an inspiring rally with more than 100 students
cycling down the streets of Veraval shouting the slogan
like ‘Beti Bachao and Desh chalao’.
A team of more than 50 students wholeheartedly
participated in making paper bags with us. Daily we
used to sit for 1 hour and make paper bags with
newspaper. We could make more than 4000 paper
bags in a single week.
Our next step was to distribute these paper bags to the
medical stores, so that as a beginning we could
restrict the use of polythenes in these stores.
Other than this we also had a talk with the chief of
medical association of the city “Dr. Chauhan”, and
requested him to insist the medical shop keepers not
to use polythenes and promote the use of paper bags.
We also went to Mr. Modani (member of Rotary Club)
and asked him to support us by contacting some
NGO’s who can start supplying paper bags in huge
amount. This will not only restrict the use of
polythenes but will also give employment to poor
ladies and would act as a good source of income for
Our effort really brought a change
and with the support of doctors
and medical store keepers the use
of polythene bag came down to a
In the circle of give- and- take, there is
harmony, profound joy, laughter, unity, eternal
bliss and spiritual progress. Meaningful
existence lies in the centre of this circle.
We at ABPS have always believed in sharing
and will continue to do so.
We are heartily thankful to our Principal ‘Ms. Sharmistha
Sen’ without whose support this ambitious project would
not have been accomplished.
We owe a deep sense of gratitude to ‘Mr. Pradnyesh Pitre
and Miss. Kratika Rastogi’ who continuously guided and
supported us at each step in carrying out the project
systematically and smoothly.
We are extremely thankful to ‘Mr. and Mrs. Roy’ for their
We are also thankful to our school peon Arjun Bhai and
Deepak Bhai for their support at all times.
We are also thankful to Dr. Chauhan, Mr. Modani
and medical store keepers of Veraval for their whole
hearted support in helping us achieve our aim
Last but not the least, we are also thankful to the Principal
and the staff members of Pay Centre School No. 2 for
allowing and cooperating with us in conducting the project
in their school.