CMCA Club Program

  • 9 cities

  • 300 schools

  • 400 civic clubs


The CMCA Club Program is CMCA’s single largest programmatic intervention.A CMCA 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 CMCA Club program curriculum is delivered over a period of nine months in a given school through a weekly “CMCA Club period” allotted by the school during its regular school time table, and facilitated by CMCA Educator. The CMCA Club model is designed to induce Ripple Effect as depicted in the


The CMCA 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 CMCA 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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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.

16 Makkala Grama Sabhas were facilitated during 2016-2017.Over 459 children from 21 member schools and 84 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.

Children raised their voice and secured

  • A new gate for a government high school at Jangamanakote
  • A new road at Kallambella, a village in rural Karnataka
  • A bore well for drinking water at a village in Chikkaballapur district
  • Water connections for a government school at Talagunda Grama Panchyat
  • Blocked drainages restored at Guligenahalli

We found that MGSs have empowered children in numerous ways and has given them a new found confidence. Through the process they have learned the practical workings of the government in their villages and understand that they can and must raise their voice about the issues that affect them and their villages.

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Makkala Grama Sabha at Melur

Three hundred rural school children between the ages of 12 – 16 years from six schools and four villages participated in the Makkala Grama Sabha held at the Melur Government High School on the 28th of November 2013. Children fearlessly questioned the authorities on several issues plaguing their school and village. The CEO of the Zilla Panchayat Mr. Shekarappa provided instant solutions, timelines and immediately assigned representatives of his office to look into the various concerns. As a result, around Rs. 55 lakh  worth work has been initiated. Children secured Rs. 30 lakh for the construction of new class rooms, Rs. 20 lakh for construction of a road and Rs. 5 lakh towards a new bore well and new gate for their school.

Makkala Grama Sabha at Mallur

The Makkala Grama Sabha at Mallur in Chikkaballapur was a two hour event. The grievances ranged from lack of proper drinking water, toilets or compound walls in their schools to bad condition of cycles given to them and the overflow of drain water on their ground. Additionally, issues such as dropping admission rates in the schools, lack of enough subject teachers, environmental concerns related to painted Ganeshas and use of plastic were also raised. There was even a complaint about corrupt government doctors. The officials present were receptive, collaborative and committed to take action.

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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