|PUKAR EZINE: April – July, 2015|
YOUTH & URBAN KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION
PUKAR’s New Partners in Youth Leadership Building
EdelGive Foundation: Barefoot Researchers for Better Communities
St. Xavier’s College Autonomous, Mumbai
Research as a tool for Perspective Building, Knowledge Production, Community Engagement & Advocacy
PUKAR and the Department of Mass Media of St. Xavier’s College Autonomous have joined hands to launch a course which will integrate community engagement and the skills of research in order to create conscious, thinking citizens who bring about social change.
This year, 30 students have opted for this optional course which began with an orientation workshop with Mr. Nitin Paranjape, (Founder of Abhivyakti, Nasik and Faciltator at Swaraj Univeristy, Udaipur) on 26th-27th July at the PUKAR Office, Bandra. Through interactive games and stimulating discussions the students came face to face with issues of teamwork and developed strategies. The workshop also exposed them to their first community based activity, in which they went into Behrampada, a neighbourhood, to interview youth who are engaged in different livelihood sectors. This process exposed them to the vast difference in the privileges between themselves and the people they interacted with, forcing them to think about the disparities of opportunity that determine various relations in the city. In the following months, the students will be offered various workshops on research skills which will enable them to conduct a comprehensive research study on the topic of their interest.
Youth Fellowship: Moving On…..
India Development Service (IDS), Chicago: Barefoot Researchers for Better Communities
On 2nd July 2015, Youth Leaders as Changemakers Fellows presented their research in the presence of the principal, Dr. Kiran Mangaonkar, and their fellow college mates and teachers. At the end of the ceremony the fellows were felicitated with certificates. The researchers later exhibited their research in front of over 200 people, including many of their respondents, at the University of Mumbai on 25th July 2015.
The outreach and selection process for the next year of the fellowship has begun, and the cycle will begin in August 2015.
Gandhian Studies Centre of Dr. BMN College of Home Science
|URBANISM: SPATIAL UTOPIA AND CONFLICTING REALITIES|
Research On Internet: In Collaboration with IIT-Bombay.
Research on Internet Access (RIA) Team, took the bold step of blurring the boundaries between urban and rural and took up the daunting task of building capacities of villagers in the tribal district of Palghar, enabling them to become active citizens of Digital India movement. During the past four months, with the help of their team of 57 E-Sevaks (Barefoot Researchers) the Team has created video modules of 20 Government schemes that are specific for rural population while another 30 are work in progress. The E-Sevaks are going door to door, teaching these modules to all the villagers so that they could start utilizing the services. Meanwhile IIT-B Team, under the guidance of Professor Abhay Karandikar, placed all the necessary equipment required to deliver Internet to these three villages (Bahadoli, Khamloli & Dhuktan) by means of using the experimental TV White Space Spectrum. IIT-B also gifted one computer kiosk in each village, fully equipped with a printer. This facility has enabled villagers to get acquainted with the concept of computers, internet, download, upload and other technologies that would eventually change their lives for better. Meanwhile the RIA team is busy building the capacity of their E-Sevaks on various socio-political issues through multi-media presentations.
PUKAR’s collaborative project with Foundation for Medical Research on finding cases of TB in Kaula Bandar (KB) entered the final stage. After completing interviews of 1798 individuals, the 277 chest symptomatic adults and 38 children were further investigated as per protocol that included x-rays, sputum examinations and Mantoux Test for children under five. Eight Adults and one child were started on treatments. The most difficult challenge for the team and our Barefoot Researchers who live in KB was related to convincing symptomatic people to go for free chest x-ray. For most daily wage workers, taking time away meant losing one day’s salary and the stigma that comes with the possibility of harbouring TB. Both these factors played a significant role in preventing many symptomatic adults to pursue the investigations further. This fact only reiterated the need for continuous raising awareness about TB in the community and the Healthy City Team has been busy doing just the same.
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