Civic Club Program


  • 9 cities

  • 299 schools

  • 400 civic clubs

Introduction

The Civic Club Program is CMCA’s single largest programmatic intervention.A civic club is an association of students in each school to promote students’ participation in civic and environmental activities and spread awareness on democratic and civic issues. The Civic Club program curriculum is delivered over a period of nine months in a given school through a weekly “Civic Club period” allotted by the school during its regular school time table, and facilitated by CMCA Civic Tutor. The Civic Club model is designed to induce Ripple Effect as depicted in the
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The Civic Club program is planned, monitored, implemented and evaluated using Results-Based Management (RBM) methodology with clearly defined programme objectives, activities, outputs and outcomes, verifiable indicators and means of verification. In order to better address the needs of the various the socio-economic groups of students, the Civic Club Program has two broad categories: Private School Program and Government/Aided School Program. Both are almost similar in their approach except that the Government School Program has health and hygiene and educational entitlements as two additional curriculum modules and student’s participation in Children’s Grama Sabha for rural schools coming under the Government School Program.

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Campaigns

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The Civic Club Program encourages children to conduct awareness and advocacy campaigns. Read more

Facilitating Makkala Grama Sabhas

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In its notification dated 18.09.2006, the Karnataka government has envisaged a larger role for gram Panchayats in implementing child rights, which include right to survival, protection, development and participation in issues concerning them. The notification exhorts Gram Panchayats to not only pay special attention to the condition of children and their development during their stipulated Grama Sabhas but also dedicate one day in a year to hold Makkala (children’s) Gram Sabhas. Over the past four years, CMCA has organized and facilitated Makkala Grama Sabhas (MGS) in villages where the CMCA programme is being implemented in schools. The MGS recognises children as equal citizens and gives them the opportunity to meet and question authorities, discuss problems concerning their schools and villages and make recommendations for improvement of their quality of life.

8 Makkala Grama Sabhas were facilitated during 2014-2015.Over 1200 children from 13 member schools and 42 non-member schools participated in these Grama Sabhas.The young citizens raised a wide variety of issues pertaining to school/ village infrastructure, which affected children as well as the general population. Some of these were:

  • Provision of village roads and road maintenance
  • Street lighting, provision of electricity to houses and provision of solar lights
  • Drinking water in school and at homes
  • Toilets in schools and at homes
  • Provision and maintenance of drainage systems
  • Building school compound walls and gates
  • Repair of Anganawadis
  • Teacher’s availability in school
  • Provision of libraries in schools
  • Construction of hospitals in villages

Impact Evaluation

CMCA places significant emphasis on the impact of its interventions and quantifies it

  • To measure progress towards our vision
  • To know if we are socially accountable
  • To enable better design of our intervention, training, curriculum & methodology
  • To identify areas of capacity building towards enhanced efficacy of our civic tutors

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