Kids, parents and teachers get together to act for the environment
Civic awareness is not an idea that one deals with as only as an adult. Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) is a testament of the same. Over 12,000 children between the age group of 13-14 yrs, in about 75 “civic clubs” across schools in Bangalore are working towards improving the quality of life and the surroundings through civic awareness. Having completed seven years, CMCA have been able to make notable changes in their schools and neighbourhoods. They have used different ways to achieve this.
In one of their campaigns to promote garbage segregation in schools members of the civic club spoke to the people running the school canteen on the need for segregation. They also provided them with bins so that there would be no mixing of waste. In the residential civic club, members did a door-to-door campaign on separating plastic from the organic garbage. The first and second collection consisted of 84 kilograms and 112kilograms of plastic respectively. At the parent-teacher meeting, parents viewed stalls with awareness material on road safety and took part in a quiz on civic awareness. This created a healthy atmosphere for interaction between parents and students.
The children of the CMCA residential civic club made posters on “Dos and Don’ts on Road Safety” in Tamil, Kannada and children displayed them in their basement where drivers congregate. This was part of their “Educate Drivers” campaign. Another campaign of theirs was called “Know Your Civic Agency”, in which the children made a list of the important telephone numbers of the civic agencies, and put them up on class and office notice boards. The importance of these numbers was explained during their school assembly.