Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam - Let’s unite to help
‘DESIGN FOR CHANGE’LET’S UNITE TO HELP
A COMMUNITY PROJECT Class 5 children ofHari Shree Vidyalayam take up the „Design for Change‟ challenge as theircommunity project for the year 2011-12
SEPTEMBER 01,2011 Children are oriented to theproject and are encouraged to look around to identify a problem faced by the community which they would want to see solved
STEP 1 : IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEMHari Shree Vidyalayam shares a compoundwall on the eastern side with a GovernmentSchool, Sigapi Ramaswamy Primary School.HSV children notice that the children seem tobe undernourished and underfed.HSV children want to bring about a change….
BRAINSTORMING…Having identified the problem, the 90 children of class 5 cometogether to brainstorm and find practical solutions.Innumerous ideas and suggestions come up..They realise that all suggestions are not practical and so theycome up with the following guidelines:Look for Workable simple solutions Sustainable and practical solutions Ideas which do not take up too much time and effort
CHILDREN CAME UP WITH MANY IDEAS… Host fund raisers Grow a kitchen garden Collect old newspapers and sell them Donation drive Collect a handful of rice/dal every week from all the students of HSV Engage in art/craft to create interesting items which can be auctioned Host carnivals / Fun-fairs Visit corporates and look for sponsorship Share food with the children on special days like birthdays Khari- kamaii or doing odd jobs to earn a few rupees Creating greeting cards for special occasions and selling them Making paper bags and selling them
MAIL SENT TO PARENTS….8TH SEPTDear Parent,As part of the community project, the class V children will be participating in an inter schoolchallenge, Design for Change – a movement of change where children are designing solutionsfor a better future.This challenge is designed to give children opportunity to express their own ideas for a betterworld and put them into action. Children and adults learn that “I Can” are the two most powerfulwords a person can believe. The challenge asks students to do four very simple things:Feel ImagineDoShareWe have identified a problem in the school nearby. Most children in the neighbouring Govt.primary school come from a meager background. Though most children come under the noonmeal scheme, it has been noticed that the children often come to school without a properbreakfast. Most children are sent to school on an empty stomach and the noon meal that isserved at 12.30 pm seems to be the only meal for the day. Some children have to even skipdinner.Hunger pangs in the morning show up as a deterrent to any learning that is expected in school.Hari Shree has been sponsoring breakfast for 51 children for the time being. Since this cannot besustained for a longer period, we are looking for a long term solution for atleast a year.We are planning to orient the children as soon as they return from their vacation.Looking forward to finding a lasting solution.Warm RegardsClass 5 Teachers
POSTER MAKING… 12TH SEPT Children prepared posters tocreate awareness on the issue.These posters were displayed around the school.
STEP 2 : FEELHSV children visit Sigappi Primary School and interact with the children.Post-visit discussion in HSV: Noon meals sponsored by the Govt, cooked and served in school Breakfast/ lack of breakfast in most children Presence/ absence of hunger
The noon mealserved at Sigappi at 12 nooneveryday
HSV CHILDREN OBSERVE… A few children get to eat only the noon meal served at school for the whole day. Many children looked underfed and undernourished Almost all children looked contented Many children said they would be happy if they got to drink gruel in the morning
HSV CHILDREN WITH THE HEAD MISTRESS OFSIGAPPI PRIMARY SCHOOL
HSV CHILDREN CHART OUT AN ACTION PLAN Each of them would contribute or collect in their own might/ way…an awareness drive 90 students divided themselves into 20 groups Each group to identify corporates / business houses, whom they would meet personally and try to get sponsorships. Host a Christmas carnival and have a yard sale, as a fund raiser