CHILDREN CIVIC CLUB : ENSURING QUALITY EDUCATION AND CREATING ACTIVE CITIZEN
“The return on the hundreds of billions of dollars invested in education each year must be measured not just in terms of individual success in educational attainment and in the job market or even national economic growth. It also must be gauged by how well the next generation of Americans is prepared to solve collective problems creatively and collaboratively.”
“it is unclear whether the civic opportunities for students in schools and on college campuses lead to an increase in most students’ civic readiness” - U.S. Department of Education (January 2012)
It is very simple that, “Civics” walks out of the textbooks and into the daily lives of the children, when they get a hands-on experience of making the government work for them -by standing up against corruption, demanding pedestrian crossings near their schools, getting garbage bins cleared or by filing RTI applications. Children have worked towards cleaner cities through clean-up drives, campaigns for eco-friendly celebrations of festivals, etc.
Children have become ‘change agents’ by raising funds for solar lamps for villages plunged in darkness and by learning to appreciate the work of unsung heroes, like the Traffic Police or the Municipal Sweepers and by spreading this awareness to their families.
Humanism is a very old philosophy. It has been interpreted in various ways, such as, -a reasonable balance in life, vivid interest in all sides of life, freedom from religiosity, responsiveness to all human passions, a philosophy which holds that man is the centre and measure of all activities. It is in the last sense in which humanism having great importance since the sixteenth century, and it is with this sense that we are principally concerned in this chapter.
Humanism as a philosophy has its definite conception of man, human problems and universe. The term humanism was used first by the sixteenth-century writer’s scholars of the European Renaissance. Today this term is used to convey a philosophical belief which beliefs in rendering service for the greater good of all humanity according to the demands of reason and democracy.
The present system of education is a barrier and has not produced therefore any original man from the day of its inception. So, this system of education has to be replaced forthwith by a system of a man making education. As education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain to remain there understand all your life. We must have a life building, man making, and character-making assimilation of ideas. If we assimilate five 2 ideas and allows them to enter and mould our life and character we will have more education than any man, who has got by heart a whole library.
Education fosters unity and solidarity among the people became more and more nationally conscious. Besides, education makes man realize what life ought to be, in which society, life can flourish better towards greater happiness. Education promotes man to discover light in the dark horizon of dogmas, superstitions, injustice and oppression. Ignorance disappears and man attains reason. Man feels enlightened to every sphere of life- social, political and economic. In short, man realizes his value of life in the society through education.
True education makes a true nation. So, in this scheme of nationalism, he laid great stress on education. Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man. In Plato’s metaphor, it is the education that trains our inward eye towards the light. It shapes human nature and habit. It forms our character and powers the key to all success in life. It is the training by which the current and expression of will are brought under control and become fruitful. It keeps the society free from all taints and corruptions. All starts with evils and ignorance can be remained only through education.
Our foremost duty is to educate the lower and backward class of people to awaken them to a higher state of consciousness, to make them understand their real worth of life. The only science to be done for our lower class is to give them the education to develop their lost individuality. Give them ideas – that is the only help, they require and the rest must follow as the effect. Ours is to put the chemical together, the crystallization camas in the law of nature. Now if the mountain does not come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain. If the poor child cannot come to education, education must go to them.
Why we need a CIVIC Club in School?
To build the capacity of children to organize and express themselves as active citizens, providing space for children to monitor the implementation of child rights programming by government and NGOs and recommendations of the UN Committee on CRC, Create an enabling environment for children’s participation at all levels through aptitude and attitudinal change in duty bearers.
The Civic clubs shall be informed on their role & responsibility in identifying issues, setting of database, accessing information from different sources to update their knowledge on various development schemes. They will learn about duty bearers and modalities of engagement with them to facilitate policy practice changes upholding Children’s needs and rights. The informed participation of the children will stimulate greater community participation with focused attention on key issues of child protection and development. Needs of children are prioritized in village development plan
“a person’s inclination or disposition to be knowledgeable of and involved in the community, and to have a commitment to act upon a sense of responsibility as a member of that community”.
Civic-Minded Children Model Closeness of Relationships
In one of their campaigns to promote garbage segregation in school’s 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.