Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) is a fifteen year old volunteer driven, nonprofit organization that is deeply committed to realizing the dream of a dynamic democratic society of empowered citizens asserting their rights and shouldering their social responsibilities. In this endeavour CMCA is committed to dedicate all its resources and energies to achieve the following two broad objectives:
To empower children and youth with relevant knowledge, skills and competencies for active citizenship through an experiential learning process
To integrate and mainstream active citizenship education into current educational policies and practices
CMCA directly engages with 17,000 girls and boys through a national citizenship program through ‘civic clubs’ in about 300 secondary schools across 11 cities - Bengaluru, Hosur, Hubballi Dharwad, Nagpur, Mysuru, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kotagiri and Guwahati and 28 villages across Karnataka.
Girls constitute over fifty percent of the total number of adolescents CMCA directly engages with while the proportion of boys and girls belonging to marginalized socio-economic strata too constitutes roughly half of the total outreach. CMCA’s cause is driven by the passion and commitment of 300 volunteers who act as Civic Tutors in member schools, epitomizing what CMCA stands for while inspiring students to grow up as active citizens. By engaging with students in schools, CMCA helps students develop knowledge, values, skills and commitment for active citizenship. Students imbibe values of equality, justice, liberty, diversity, the basic principles of democracy and participate in investigating and identifying issues in theirschools, colleges and communities and finding solutions by engaging with authorities.
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CMCA’s Impact: Children are Inspired, Confident, Active Citizens!
In the year 2014-15
304 children called help lines and reported faulty civic amenities (roads, streetlights, garbage, trees, drainage) to authorities. All cases reported have been fixed.
32 child laborers were rescued by CMCA members
60 toilets were constructed as a result of our rural school members speaking out for their entitlements
Over 1200 children from rural schools participated in Makkala Grama Sabhas facilitated by CMCA. As a result of children speaking out at these forums , solar lights have been installed in two villages, grants have been received for construction of toilets in their homes and a sign board has been installed on the national highway regulating traffic and pedestrians.