|Campaign Drug Abuse|
In Chanan Ke and the nearby villages, there was extensive drug abuse by the men folk. It severely affected the family, both economically and socially and also the health of the addicts. Women had to take up working in the fields and children missed classes or dropped out of schools. The students of the Satya Bharti School in Chanan Ke resolved to fight this evil.
Students were able to garner the support of their parents after discussing the concern during the parent-teacher meetings. The school and parent-community planned a strategy to evict drug addicting from the village. A rally was conducted in the village in which student-made posters and banners highlighting the ill effects of drug abuse were used. Students, teachers and participating community members then visited the homes of people under addiction and others to explain further the consequences of being addicted.
As a result, the community understood the menace of drug addiction on the family and society. Villagers pledged to quit and fight against it. A health camp was also organized to help people willing to quit.
|Campaign Signature Campaign for Mothers|
While children are receiving quality education at the Satya Bharti School, the mothers of these students do not even know to sign their names. The students of the school in Jijjeani realized the stark nature of illiteracy in the village and planned a Signature Campaign for the mothers.
As a part of the campaign, teachers held special ‘Mera Naam Ki Hai’ (What is my name?) classes daily for an hour for mothers. Adult Education classes were also conducted in the school premises by students of Class V and teachers to teach the alphabet using various teaching-learning materials.
Mothers showed a keen interest in the campaign and attended classes regularly. At the end of the campaign, the women who were a part of it learnt to sign their names.
|Campaign Save Water|
The sandy village of Meghanwas suffers from two problems – shortage of water and wastage of the available water. There are only three tube-wells in the village catering to most of the population. Though some houses have separate water supply in their houses, the wastage leads to serious dearth of this resource most of the times. The students of Satya Bharti School thus tried to generate awareness on proper usage and negligent wastage of water by villagers.
Students of Class V were committed to instill a sense of responsibility in the community to save water so that there is no scarcity in future and also day-to-day needs can be met with ease. The student team met the Sarpanch and explained its concern. The latter highly appreciated the initiative and together with the Panchayat members assured help to the campaign.
The students organized a play in the village chaupal to create awareness about the need to save water and how to reuse it. Community members understood the grave situation and pledged their support to the campaign and to not waste water in future. They have also started a drive to motivate and caution each other so that there is ample water for every household.
As a result of the Save Water Campaign, there is adequate water in the village today meeting the requirement of the whole village. People have become responsible and accountable. The students conduct regular follow-up sessions to further the cause. They have also put up awareness posters in village common places and assigned volunteers to counsel, guide and keep a check on usage of water.
|Campaign on Education for the Girl Child|
The Satya Bharti School in Abdal had made repeated attempts to aware the community about the importance of girl child education but with little success. Thus in the Community Development Campaign in 2011, students of Class V decided to take up the cause in a meticulous manner to make an impact on the villagers.
The execution of the campaign was planned by conducting nukkad nataks (street plays) and awareness rally. The students, teachers and parents of children in the school took part in the rally, shouting slogans and carrying supportive banners. Students staged a street play ‘Pad likh sawarenge sapne’ (We will fulfill our dreams through education) to generate awareness about education for girls. Teachers also visited the homes of the villagers to discuss and convince parents to send their daughters to school.
As a result of the campaign people have realized the significance of girl child education. Parents have begun enrolling their daughters in the school as well. The school has succeeded to a great extent in changing the mindset of the village towards education.
|Campaign against Child Marriage |
Sultangarh is a village predominated by the snake charmer community and with widespread illiteracy and lack of basic amenities of life. The Satya Bharti Government Primary School is the only school in the village. The school is an effort to impart quality education to children and develop them into the agents of change in a society where there are rampant social evils. In 2011, the students of the school took up the cause of Child Marriage.
Child Marriage is a practice that is intrinsic to this migrant society. Students planned their fight by conducting counseling sessions and nukkad nataks (street plays). A meeting was convened to discuss this grave concern with students, teaching staff and memebers of the community (including women) present. A rally was thereafter held with students carrying hand-made banners and posters and shouting slogans against child marriage. Students also performed a street-play to help generate awareness against this evil practice.
As a result of this student campaign, the community has agreed to put an end to early marriages. Many marriages have been stopped and people have understood the necessity of timely marriage. The student community has pledged to continue raising their voice against such issues that are of social significance. The school intends to take this drive forward in the coming months through parent-teacher meetings and regular monitoring processes.
|Campaign against Social Superstitions |
In Kanasar village, the community bestows blind faith on “Bhopas” or the religious saints for the treatment of all medical conditions. These Bhopas misguide people and succeed in extracting gold, food material, clothes, etc from them. The students of Satya Bharti School Kanasar thus took up the cause to fight against this superstitious belief on sanctimonious saints and aware the villagers about proper medical treatment.
At the beginning of the campaign, the students of Class V planned a street play in which they depicted a student dressed as Bhopa treating people. The ignorant villagers mistook the play to be real and gathered around the students. After a considerable crowd had gathered and got engrossed in the fake-treatment-session, the students revealed their identity and told the villagers that they had learnt the tricks that Bhopas perform from the internet. The people were stunned and understood the fraud that had been taking place in the village.
On the designated day of the drive against superstitions, students organized a rally in the village and asked the local temple priest to support their endeavor in educating the community on this evil practice. The village was brought together and speech on such practices and their ill effects was delivered by invitees (some educated people from in and around Kanasar). The members of the community also shared their experience and took an oath to oust the Bhopa-system from their village and consult a doctor in case of illness. In the end, students again performed the play and the community expressed its gratitude to the school and students for helping them come out of this superstitious belief.
With the support of the whole community and doctors, students are now planning medical camps in the village. They will also organize the screening of short films and documentaries on other superstitious beliefs to create awareness.
|Campaign against Child Labour |
Child Labor is an evil practice that resides in the village of Chawinda Devi affecting the innocent lives of many children who should otherwise be in school. The students of Satya Bharti School thus decided to put an end to this evil practice through the Community Development Campaign 2011.
Students visited homes and commercial establishments in the village counseling people on the ill effects of such a practice and asking parents to send their children to school instead. They also organized a rally carrying posters to create awareness against employment of children and importance of education.
The community has shown a positive response and willingness to eradicate child labor. Parents are getting their kids enrolled in school as well.