The CIVICS project serves as a platform for young people to be actively involved in their communities. Groups of students will be guided to work around Millennium Development Goals focusing issues like environment, eradication of poverty, women education, education and literacy. Students will plan action projects and respond some of these issues through a process of reflection, dialogue and action.
Teachers will be encouraged to prepare their classes to be community volunteers, engaging them in community mapping and planning community service projects that focuses the identified themes as part of their classroom curriculum. The students will also be encouraged to create a proper report of the project as a reflection for other students or classrooms that are planning to do the same project. Students and classrooms are encouraged to partner with other social welfare government and non government organizations for effective implementation of the projects.
The teachers may incorporate this in their lesson plans, and along with comparatively bigger CIVICS project, they may create a concept of “Little Acts of Kindness”, which would include a daily story sharing of students about what act of kindness they did in the previous day. Each classroom may have one story each, which can either be video recording, have it in an online blog or simply a hard copy of a scrapbook that the classroom may look at the end of the school year and see how a class of 40 students created a multiplier effect.
Teachers will create a thread for their classrooms on iEARN CIVICS Forum where each day one student from their classroom will share their act of kindness as their civic responsibility; the other students may participate in that. On weekly basis their stories will be published on http://www.iearncivics.wordpress.com