When our country was under a nationwide lockdown, we, at Desh Apnayen, continued to strive towards our mission of creating ACTIZENS – alert, informed and active citizens, by presenting a number of activities to students and organising inter-school contests and talks – all on digital platforms.
Here’s a quick recap of the online contests that we organised in 2020-21 on certain days of national and international importance, along with the video recordings of the contest finale.
Contest on the Occasion of The World Day for International Justice (17th July)
The winner of the contest was St. John’s Universal School, Mumbai. The Chief Guest was Ms Khushbu Jain, advocate, Supreme Court of India.
Contest on the Occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day (15th August)
The winner of the contest was DCM Presidency School, Ludhiana. The Chief Guest was Mr TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education.
Contest on the Occasion of Gandhi Jayanti (2nd October)
The winner of the contest was Dasmesh Public School, Kotkapura, Punjab. The Chief Guest was Ms Gitanjali JB, Founding CEO of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives and Founder of Transform India initiative.
Contest on the Occasion of Constitution Day (30th November)
The winner of the ‘ACTIZEN Chain Challenge’ was Pawar Public School, Chandivali, Mumbai.
Contest on the Occasion of Republic Day (26th January)
The winner of the ‘Prajatantra Contest’ was Children’s Academy, Thakur Complex, Mumbai. The Chief Guest was Mr Jagdeep Chhokar, Co-founder and Trustee of Association for Democratic Reforms and Director In-Charge of IIM Ahmedabad.
We hope these contests have made a dent in making students realise that they hold the power within themselves to change the course of the country with will, determination and action and that this will eventually help shape Democracy 2.0 in India!
What kind of contests do you suggest we organise if the goal is to develop a spirit of active citizenship among the students?
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