The CMCA programme is done in alliance with the nationwide NGO, CMCA which inculcates civic sense among the children. This systematic and structured intervention is dedicated to moulding and nurturing active citizenship in children and youth. CMCA seeks to sensitize children and youth to civic & democratic issues thereby improving quality & equality of life.
We envision a dynamic society of empowered citizens who are asserting their rights and shouldering their social responsibilities; participating in governance in pursuit of universal common good and fulfilment of human aspirations; while strengthening democracy and celebrating freedom and diversity.
Importance of the programme:
The generation we influence will emerge as the largest workforce in the world. While we harness their productivity and potential, are we also preparing them to be just and humane citizens of the world’s largest and most diverse democracy?
CMCA’s national survey on young India’s democratic citizenship quotient, the Yuva Nagaric Meter reveals a very disturbing picture. Young India fares poorly with an overall Democratic Quotient score of a mere 21%. The scores on all key democratic citizenship domains are low: Attitude and values on Democratic Governance: -11%, Gender Equality: 10%, Adherence to Civic Rules: 13% Diversity & Social Justice: 23%, Rights & Responsibilities: 29%.
It is therefore clear that we must imbibe in our young, a deep understanding and commitment to the ideals of our democracy. Only then we will be able to truly fulfill the vision of our Constitution: Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.
The CMCA Civic Club programme is inspired by these very ideals. CMCA’s vision is to have a society of empowered citizens who are asserting their rights and shouldering their social responsibilities; participating in governance in pursuit of universal common good and fulfillment of human aspirations; while strengthening democracy and celebrating freedom and diversity.
A civic club is a group of students in each school, who join CMCA. A CMCA volunteer also called a civic tutor, is assigned to the club and interacts with the children on a weekly basis.
CMCA’s interactive and experiential learning based curriculum has enabled the participants of the program to take ‘civics’ out of the text book and into their daily lives and to their communities. They then spread this awareness through Campaigns (School level, Neighbourhood level and City level) and Acts of Active Citizenship.
Our children understand that government and citizens are equally responsible for the current state of affairs and have rescued children from child labour, secured their Rights to toilets and other infrastructural facilities by engaging with authority, ensured that schools and classrooms are kept clean, planted saplings, stood up against injustice and fulfilled their responsibilities as active and empowered citizens!
- Civic Sense & Citizenship Values
- Spreading Ripples of Change!
- School Profiling and Student’s Audit of Entitlements under RTE
- Health and Hygiene
- Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
- Active Citizenship
- Quality & Equality of Life
- Celebrating our Diversity, Practicing Equality
- St.Vincent’s high School , Kaniyapuram
- The Trivandrum Scottish School, Thundathil
- Viswaprakash Central School, Thirumala
- Carmel girls high school, Peyad