Mulyavardhan Enhancing Civic Engagement (MV-ECE) is an educational program championed by the Government of Goa (GoG) to nurture democratic citizenship among school students. It has been developed by the Shantilal Muttha Foundation (SMF) in coordination with the Directorate of Education, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), the Goa Education Development Corporation (GEDC), and numerous expert-groups designated by the GoG.
The MV-ECE program has been meticulously designed to help students become responsible, productive and democratic citizens of their country. Targeted at primary, upper-primary and secondary schools in Goa, it aims to enhance the students’ levels of civic engagement in the areas earmarked “high priority” by the state government.
Administered in the form of “action-oriented capsules”, the MV-ECE programs peaks directly to the students, making learning fun and relatable. These succinct and engaging capsules have a two-fold application: they ensure a thorough understanding of the content, as well as inculcate in the students the socio-emotional skills to implement the teachings in their true essence.
To ascertain the successful implementation of the program, the GoG has allocated dedicated time within the school hours for the conduct of MV-ECE activities.
The MV-ECE program caters specifically to two core themes:
- Sanitation, Hygiene and Waste Management
- Traffic Awareness and Road Safety
The Mulyavardhan (MV) program first started reaching out to students in Goa in 2016. After the GoG approved the program and assumed its ownership, it was implemented in government-owned primary schools across 12 talukas (tehsils) of the state. In April 2017, Shri Manohar Parrikar, the Honourable Chief Minister of Goa, conducted an in-depth review of the program implementation. In light of the encouraging feedback from the schools where MV had been implemented on a pilot basis, the GoG decided to scale up the program. The GoG has also announced budgetary provisions for a smooth rollout of the program.
During his review, the Chief Minister of Goa recommended an intensive and focused intervention in the areas of sanitation and waste management—a pressing need in contemporary India that also aligns to the objectives of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Swachh Bharat Mission) launched by the Government of India in 2014. He recommended a similar thrust to traffic awareness and road safety. In response to this recommendation, SMF has developed supportive curriculum for the MV-ECE program and this is how MV-ECE has originated as an extension of Mulyvardhan Program. This bolstered, topical curriculum is now being offered to 108 primary and secondary schools in Goa on a pilot basis.
Through its program content and style of implementation, the MV-ECE program aspires to stir up the following palpable changes in students, teachers, parents, and the broader schooling context:
- To raise awareness of the problems pertaining to hygiene, sanitation, waste management, traffic awareness and road safety at the school- and community level and recommend potential solutions for each
- To motivate students and schools to become agents of change and usher in constructive and sustainable changes in the identified areas
- To contribute toward nation-building by introducing meaningful practices, systems, policies and processes to resolve the identified problems
- To strengthen governmental policies through innovative methods and ideal, context-based models
- To follow through on the practices, cultures and systems and become imitable role-models for others
The MV-ECE program is being implemented by the Government of Goa with the assistance of Shantilal Muttha Foundation for curriculum development, capacity building of teachers, and secondary support in program management, monitoring and evaluation. Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Mumbai, extends technical support to SMF in this endeavour.
During 2018–19, MV-ECE is being implemented on a pilot basis in 108 primary and secondary schools of Goa. In the academic year 2019–20, the program will be scaled up to cover the entire state.
1. Learning through Age-Appropriate Activities
MV-ECE is administered through theme-based capsules that offer age-appropriate activities across key educational stages (as opposed to grades). This approach lets teachers and schools benefit from the freedom to conduct MV-ECE activities jointly for students from multiple grades. Not only does this economise resources but also delights students with opportunities for group learning.
The program encompasses the three key stages enlisted below:
- Key stage 1: Standard 3 and 4
- Key stage 2: Standard 5 to 7
- Key stage 3: Standard 8 to 9
2. Integrating Program Activities with Regular Subjects
The class-, school- and community-level activities included in MV-ECE aim to help the students to understand the themes conceptually and apply them in day-to-day life through practical, enjoyable experiences. Many of these activities can be easily integrated with regular classroom subjects like Science and Social Studies.
3. Building Knowledge, Skill and Perspective through the School System
Through a carefully assorted mix of knowledge and skill, the program builds sensitivity among students, teachers and parents to help them grasp ground realities of the nation and develop a considered perspective.
4. Initiating Advocacy
MV-ECE intelligently employs the school system to initiate advocacy at the individual, group and social level. This advocacy eventually facilitates positive change in the areas of hygiene and sanitation, waste management, traffic awareness and road safety.
5. Promoting Convergence among Governmental Departments
The program seeks opportunities to bring about convergence among various governmental departments directly or indirectly involved with the issues, in an attempt to steer effective change.
6. Encouraging Ground Action
A program that believes in action, MV-ECE helps students to understand the issue at hand scientifically, come up with practical solutions, and undertake efforts to roll out the identified solutions. It offers an engaging assortment of participatory tools like awareness rallies, role play, school audits, and participatory rural appraisal (PRA).
During June 2018-March 2019, the MV-ECE program is being implemented in 108 primary and secondary schools in Goa, touching the lives of 26,350 students across the state.
MV-ECE Pilot Program (June 2018 to March 2019)
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