To celebrate India’s 71st Constitution Day, Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation had launched ‘The ACTIZEN Chain Challenge’ for school students. The contest was divided under five themes – Waste Management, Digital Citizenship, Education, Environment Conservation and Gender Equality. The students were invited to perform the tasks listed under the selected theme within 15 days.
The tasks for students included spreading the word about the selected theme among friends and acquaintances through an online session. Thereafter, they were asked to send a picture of the attendees taken in a manner representing a human chain. Through this activity, students got a chance to engage in strategy creation, outreach, communication design and public speaking.
The top three winning schools were:
- Winner – Pawar Public School, Chandivali, Mumbai (Participating students created awareness among 614 people of various age groups.)
- First Runner-Up – Pawar Public School, Kandivali, Mumbai
- Second Runner-Up – Shri Pragya Public School, Ajmer, Rajasthan
The winners were selected on the basis of the number of people involved in the activity that was conducted by the students.
Commenting on this initiative, Vallabh Bhanshali, Founder and Chief Mentor of Desh Apnayen (and the ENAM Group), said that, “We need to move to Democracy 2.0 in which passive citizens evolve into ACTIZENS. There is no force stronger or more resilient than a collective ownership, the first step of which is collective awareness – alert and educated minds and passionate hearts. It is wonderful to see students participating actively in such initiatives. We encourage schools from across the country to come forward and partner with Desh Apnayen so that we can collectively shape many more ACTIZENS.”