Jun 8, 2015

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Field Visit Report



Overall day                                                                                                                                                                  -By Siddharth Bhatia


We started our day with high energies and spirits from the previous day. The activities done with children yesterday were a great help and acted as right ignition and kick for the summer school 2015. The day started with briefing from Prof Gupta sharing the ideas from previous children workshops and encouraging children to see, think, feel and observe. We left in groups for the field visits to six sites in the morning as well as afternoon. I could see the children pumped up for the field work.  The summer school students were asked to be silent observers in the entire process and take down their own notes and observations. Overall it was a good day and the time spent in field helped the entire group to talk to a number of people, observe problems and think of some solutions. In some cases, the children and the summer school students had to be pushed to ask questions and talk to people. The children opened up slowly with the community and got curious with a number of questions. I found some of the summer school students getting tired of the field work , this may be due to the first day and heat. Some of them didn’t want to go for the second field work, but were sent finally.It was pretty clear that each child had its own observations within one group. “Learning to unlearn” and observing ‘what’ , ‘how’ and ‘why’ children observe is an essential learning for all of us.


Specific observations of children

Some of the observations from each group are listed below:

Grp 1 Jamalpur Grp 2 Pirana Grp 3 Naroda Broom makers Grp 4 Makrba Potter Community Grp 5 Lal Darwaza Grp 6
Observed waste flowers in flowers shops. The wastage can be prevented with better management. Garbage scattered all over the place. Problem of education, girls are taught heena, etc and boys are allowed to go to college. Free services are being charged. Proof of payment not given in most cases. Children are quite eager to learn. There was water logging near aanganwadi (Jyotsana)Small children were washing clothes (Mamta)Hoshna (9th class) teaches kids in her neighbourhood. 60-70 brooms made/day.Sold at Rs 6-10. Usually the profit is 1 Rs.There is a lot of hard work involved which includes beating the leaves for 15-20 mins on nails continuously. Municipality troubles. There is a lot of pain that is experienced on arms and shoulders. Pots made of mud. There were some broken pots which can be reused again. They made idols/toys and bird feeding platforms. They can also make glasses, piggy bank.Since there is only one vehicle that comes to pick up garbage, we can have a multi-layered vehicle collecting 3 times more garbage. The fruit sellers can increase their sales by washing fruits before selling.There were some ideas about designing the hand cart for reducing the burden on the vendor. “Poor people are not poor all the things”. Some people are rich in music, arts, culture, etc. Children asked a kid “bade hokar kya banna chahte ho?” he answered“insaan banna chahta hoon”Children gave the idea of donating books. Some of the kids didn’t go to school because their huts and school building looked the same,



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