“Values are not buses. They are not supposed to get you anywhere. They are supposed to define who you are.”
– Jennifer Cruise
Compassionate Delhi is a project designed to engage schools (both in private and public domains), children , teachers, and parents in a mutual exchange that traverses barriers of caste, creed, gender, socioeconomic status etc. An exchange of a handmade gift between the children from different communities and background will build a bridge of compassion, hope and trust for each other. Each child also writes a letter to other, describing about his dreams and eventually they learn how their dreams are related and how happiness comes by small things. Visiting other’s campus and becoming aware of stark differences, yet noticing similarities, will inculcate social consciousness in the kids. Interactions and team building activities help create feelings of empathy. After a facilitated discussion about their society and how it should be, students will come up with a 10 point manifesto for their city. The voices of 10,000 kids would be compiled and a final manifesto would be prepared and launched on “Children’s Day”.
Phase I: Induction and Preparation (1st September to 30th September)
It is important for students to internalize the objective of Compassionate Delhi, hence the teachers will induct the students and make them internalize the idea. A workshop on designing gifts is held, where the kids prepare handmade gifts during their art and craft classes. They also write the letter, which helps them work on their writing skills and could be taken up in language classes. The class teacher moderates the discussions and the session on Manifesto preparation, and the kids come up with their 10 point Manifesto and finally they come up with their class manifesto. A facilitated reflection session will take place in the class where they would be asked to share their thoughts about the schools and kids they are supposed to visit.
Phase II: On Ground Action (2nd October to 8th October)
During the Joy of Giving week, the paired schools select kids to represent their class who go to the
buddy school along with all the gifts and letters. They participate in team building activities and
share their Manifesto with others. They discuss about their views and come up with a common Manifesto. They also engage in a sharing session where they talk about themselves, what they dream of, how is it like to meet their new friends etc. Based on discussions in Phase I, the students engage in a sharing, and reflect how their views have changed after the actual exchange and visits.
Phase III: Post Exchange Reflection and Action Plan (October 10 onwards)
It is expected of children and teachers to undergo new thinking, varied experience and exposure during phase II. Hence, phase III would focus on the reflections that would be made by the children, management and teachers. The reflection session would be held at every participating school on a chosen day, where the stakeholders engage in a deep sharing and self reflection session and document their learning and experiences. Charts are put up in every school where kids share their stories and learning.
Manifesto: The kids engage in a design thinking session about the kind of society they would like to have and come up with a manifesto about the same. The idea behind this is, to let the creative minds think about the issues prevailing in our society and discuss. The final Manifesto, combined with inputs from all the schools, was released on 14th November 2013 , on the eve of Children’s Day.
For more information contact: Vibhuti – 09582870628