ITISARAS (Itihaas, Sanskriti, Rajneeti and Samaj) a youth-led organization and Matri Sudha jointly organized 4 Weeks Training Session for 25 people which was organized on every weekends. As a part of DHAROHAR, an outreach program focuses on ‘Identity Formation sessions’ with children through which ITISARAS reaches out to as many as children as possible to help them achieve a well-rounded education.
ME AND MY FRIENDS
The session plan was organized among a group of people at Matri Sudha. The batch of 25 students were part of a session on ME AND MY Friends. The objective of the session is to help children determine their self identity and facilitate the pr
ocess of self introspection through the means of their friends circle. The group played a game called Pictionary and tested the bond they share.
‘PEOPLE AROUND ME’
The aim of this session was to explore the role of family, as well as other people around the child in their life. The session aimed to help them become conscious of these roles from the perspective of the participants. The session graduated from merely listing out daily activities, to actually thinking about all the people one encounters during the course of the day, and reflecting on the the roles they play in our lives—even when implicit.
The aim of this session was to incite a consciousness about gender, the roles assigned
to different genders, and the implicit biases that are pervasive in the children’s social
environment; as well as to attempt to widen this understanding.
Activity 1: Professions
4 professions were named at random(Driver, Teacher, Doctor, Nurse). The participants
were asked to visualise people who would be working or performing the role in each
category, and give them a name. A discussion reflecting on the gendered nature of the responses was facilitated. The activity was visibly able to create the intended dissonance in the participants when asked why only male names for drivers were given (and female for nurses, etc) when everyone—boys and girls alike—had claimed to be capable of carrying out the tasks required to excel at the jobs.
Activity 2: Role-plays (Stereotypes)
The group was divided into groups (unknown to all others)
Group A: Boys
Group B: Girls
Group C: Boys Acting Like Girls
Group D: Girls Acting Like Boys
Each group was given the situation “Your friend has just met with an accident”, and
asked to enact what would happen next based on the prompt their group had been given.
After the groups performed, their prompts were revealed to others, and they were allowed to reflect on what had transpired.
‘Traditions and Customs’
The aim of this session was to help the children become interested in knowing their own culture and traditions in the family by helping them explore their nativity. To help them learn about the uniqueness of their own traditional customs as well as the
extent of the diversity of traditions across the country.
On the board the word TRADITION was written. The children were asked what they
understood by the word tradition and these words were added. They responded with
words such as ‘parampara’, tyauhar’ or ‘festival’ which led them to words like
‘togetherness’ and ‘happiness’.
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