The Enhancing Civic Engagement (ECE) program has been meticulously designed to help students become responsible, productive and democratic citizens of their country. Targeted at primary, upper-primary and secondary schools in Goa, it aims to enhance the students’ civic engagement levels in the areas earmarked ”high priority”by the state government.
A pilot project is currently being implemented in 108 selected primary and secondary schools of Goa.
Administered in the form of “action-oriented capsules”, the ECE program engages directly with the students, making learning fun and relatable. These clear and engaging capsules have a two-fold application:
They ensure a thorough understanding of the content.
They inculcate in the students the socio-emotional skills to implement what is taught in a true sense.
To ascertain the programs successful implementation, the Govt. of Goa (GoG) has allocated dedicated time within the school hours to conduct ECE activities.
To help students become responsible, productive and democratic citizens by enhancing
Building civic knowledge, skills & perspectives through the school system
Integrating programme activities with regular school subjects - Science and Social Science
Promoting convergence among governmental departments in an attempt to steer effective change
Learning through age-appropriate activities
Initiating advocacy for civic awareness at the individual, group and community level
Believing in action through participatory tools like awareness rallies, role play, school audits, and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)
Through its programme content and style of implementation, the ECE program aspires to effect the following palpable changes in students, teachers, parents, and the broader schooling context:
To raise awareness of the problems pertaining to personal hygiene, sanitation, waste management, traffic awareness and road safety at the school- and community level and to recommend potential solutions
To motivate students and schools to become agents of change and usher in constructive and sustainable changes in the identified areas
To contribute towards nation-building by introducing meaningful practices, systems, policies and processes to resolve the identified problems
To strengthen governmental policies through innovative methods and ideal, context-based models
To follow through on the practices, cultures and systems and become role-models for others