SAP - Social Action Projects connected to SEWA (CBSE)

When the students come to the 10th grade the sessions are conducted in a workshop mode and are designed in such that they evolve and scale up with the class dynamics and have been enhanced with practical module called SAP (Social Action Projects) that help internalize the learning and provide healthy cross linkage among various institutions like the family, school and community. This Social Action Project (SAP) is a possibility for each of the student of class 10 to know that he/she can make a difference to some place or someone in their life, and when given the opportunity of exploring this possibility what is it that they would do? Each student had to spend a minimum of 40 hours and a maximum of whatever they needed to put in to complete the project.

The students are educated and encouraged to think out of the box and also to connect the SAP projects to their life vision and to the various concepts and learning’s they have got in the several years of EQUBE life education classes, take the guidance and suggestions from their parents for whatever project they take up and do their best. They are supported by EQUBE facilitators throughout the 9th and 10th grade in this process. At the end of the project they submit a written project report along with a questionnaire and also do a presentation of their project in front of their class. A set of panelists evaluate the project on different parameters which include the written document, authenticity, uniqueness, innovativeness, clarity and depth, passion and courage while doing and presenting and also the overall flow of the project. They are also evaluated on how they could connect the whole experience of the project to self and the learning’s they got out of it. The panelists include persons who have not only been very high achievers in their respected fields but also are people with a vision to see a better, evolved and compassionate society. It also includes a teacher from their school and a senior member from the EFIL team.

Every year the SAP presentations has seen a  wide range of projects-the plethora has included something as varied as creating an application for doctors to spending quality time and supporting their grandfather in a difficult time! Waste management and waste segregation, composting, fuel conservation through spreading awareness at traffic signals, water conservation, teaching blind students subjects, arts music, dance, editing text books for the blind and voice recording, playing games, teaching in Government schools, interacting and teaching children in orphanages, donating clothes and books to the same through newspaper drive, creating cycling trails to cleaning up lakes, selling cloth bags, making paper bags, teaching dance to the differently abled, to helping the underprivileged people make bank accounts and manage their finances ,giving free tuitions to their maids children, teaching spoken English to their maids…the list is endless.

The Trash Mob which was presented as a SAP project by a student in 2013-14, has really fired the imagination of the youngsters and elders alike and now taken on the proportions of a movement. a major clean up drive in various parts of Bengaluru.

The children present their projects with a lot of style and panache and their confidence levels are high, as a tech savvy generation they have beautiful PPT’s which includes photographs, videos and interviews. But more than all this, what comes through is the genuine efforts each had put in, the honest sharing they did of their triumphs and failures and also the most important life lessons they  all learn during the process.

The key learning includes sharing and caring as a beautiful experience; empathy coupled with efforts can bring about change; becoming aware of  the opportunities given to them; being thankful to all the gifts they have been bestowed with in terms of loving supportive family, good health and limitless possibilities; getting out of their cocooned comfort zone and seeing and facing the ‘real’ world; all these opened many students eyes making them more determined have a vision, work towards it and make a difference in whatever way they can to the society around them of which they are an integral part of! This whole experience also gave them a different perspective of their parents, teachers and to a large extent made them come out of ‘I, Me, Myself’ micro mode and look at a more macro perspective.

Number of SAP projects in the last few years have been over 3000 impacting over 30000 lives so far … Students have been chosen to speak in TEDX, as ASHOKA young entrepreneurs and also as representatives of the Global young entrepreneur program in Boston University and in All India forums.

EQUBE in sync with SEVA as a part of CBSE curriculum  

The CBSE board has given the mandate for senior students to do Seva and learn to connect to the society.  EQUBE program is in sync with the aspects of the SEVA program. It aims to build thinking, social and emotional skills through exploring Self Awareness, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Interpersonal Relationships, Effective Communication, Empathy, Managing Emotions and Dealing with Stress

Based on the reference given and aligning the same to the classroom discussions in EQUBE program, the evaluation is conducted. The evaluation is based on:

·       Written examination

·       Assignment submission and classroom participation

·       Completion and responses in the EQUBE Life book

·       Additionally, for X grade, a social action project and its presentation