Since January 2023, students from grades 8-11 who are part of the Equality Clubs program have come up with project ideas on topics like gender equality, menstrual health, upskilling underprivileged kids, providing support to indigenous artisans and much more. The incubator is our endeavour to encourage them to take their learning beyond the classrooms, understand the nuances of real-world implementation, and inculcate the spirit of active citizenship. After three rounds of shortlisting the top three teams have been selected to bring their ideas to life in their schools and communities. Here are the projects that the top three student-led teams developed.
Project Sanchar, by students from St. Kabir Public School, Chandigarh aims to make Indian Sign Language (ISL) training and sensitivity training accessible to students in order to bridge the communication gap between the deaf and hearing communities. The students hope to take this training to schools, promoting the inclusion of deaf people in society and improving their lives.
Through the project, the students hope to take ISL training to schools in their city so as to support others, like the shopkeeper, whose lives would be greatly improved if the people were able to understand and communicate in ISL.
Project Qala, by students from Strawberry Fields High School, Chandigarh aims to empower 25-30 rural women artisans skilled in traditional crafts like phulkari making, embroidery, crocheting and painting, by providing them with digital literacy training. The project will establish their online business through social media platforms and educate them about online safety and digital awareness.
“I have always been very conscious of supporting local businesses, from buying books from street vendors to ensuring I always shop locally. When I got to know about the sinking artisan economy, I knew something needed to be done. I was part of a fellowship where we used Instagram for advocacy, and that's how I realised the power of social media as a whole, but also Instagram as a platform. That is how the idea for Project Qala was born; what if these artisan women knew how to promote their business online, how would that affect their growth and reach?” - Team Leader, Project Qala
“We ourselves come from a low economic background, hence, we are familiar with the different situations that cause education to lose priority. Avasara provided us with different opportunities that helped us build an understanding of the role of education in our lives for our holistic growth as individuals. This motivated us to make a wholesome environment available to the other kids.” - Team Leader, Project Vruddhi
You can learn more about the teams and their projects by clicking on the links below,
With the funds raised through this campaign, we will support the top three teams of the Equality Club Incubator by providing them with the funding to execute their ideas on the ground. The students in support of their schools and under the guidance of YLAC and their mentors will implement their ideas over a span of 3-6 months.
To make their projects a success, we're launching a fundraising campaign with the support of our partner in this endeavour, People for Change. We are inviting you to join us in supporting these incredible young changemakers. Your contribution will not only help the teams but also support them in working on the social issues they're tackling and create an impact on the ground!
Please note, we will not be able to provide you with the tax exemption certificate at the moment.