Hyderabad students prepare, display "social projects" with NGO help

In a unique event, Hyderabad NGO Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA) in association with the Indian Children’s Action Network (ICAN) displayed project works prepared by students on different social issues. COVA in a press release said, the objective of the programme was to sensitise people, especially school, college, university students and young professionals to social issues and concerns to inculcate in them compassion and responsible citizenship.
Students displayed project works not covered in their syllabus, such as cleaning up government hospitals, importance of public transport, child safety, fake news and problems poor parents face in educating their children. In all 220 students from 31 schools worked on project works.
Students were trained in the methodology of social sciences that included field visits, interaction with stakeholders and data collection to prepare project reports. They were also encouraged to undertake advocacy with officials and social actions with communities/stakeholders to address the problems they identified as part of their project work.
Students compiled information from libraries and internet, undertook field visits, interacted with people and officials, made notes of their experiences, came up with interventions to address the problems studied and finally prepared the project reports documenting the entire process under the mentorship of teachers.
Teachers enrolled in the programme were trained in facilitating the students to gain a systematic understanding of important social issues. Over 1,500 students from different schools attended the display and interacted with the authors of the projects and gained insights into the social issues.
One topic that interested the audience was fake news. Sought to be countered through a ‘Helping Camp’, an initiative to spread awareness about the issue of fake news and restrict its reach, Syeda and Qhatibha, students of Gyan Educational Academy, made pamphlets and distributed among students and people in Jahangirabad area.
It asked users of social media to find out of source of information, author and consult expert before posting news that seemed controversial, insisting, "We can’t stop fake news from being made. But we can stop sharing it."

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