Oxfam India and YLAC have been working together to set up Equality Clubs in schools across India to sensitize students about the different types of inequalities that exist in society. The aim is to raise consciousness, help build empathy and appreciation of one’s own privilege, and inspire students to take action.
The clubs adopt an experiential learning approach to help students explore challenging societal problems, break stereotypes and equip them with the skills necessary to take on leadership to re-write societal norms. With an intricately designed toolkit, full of activities and resources for a facilitator to use, Oxfam and YLAC hope that the Equality Clubs will become India’s catalysts for change – a place where thought-provoking debates and discussions trigger ideas to #SmashInequality that exists around us.
Theory of Change
Three elements – (1) Awareness; (2) Empathy; and (3) Action – encapsulate our theory of change. Our goal is to instil a spirit of Active Citizenship in students that they can use to create an impact on the world around them.
If we create spaces where rich discussions around inequality can be ignited through experiential lessons and facilitated interactions, then emotions of empathy and justice will be evoked in students who will be inspired to take action against the inequalities that exist in society.
The one year club cycle is divided into four quarters, and each quarter features some pre-decided activities. The first three quarters deal with three different aspects of inequality – gender inequality, economic inequality, and minority rights and discrimination. The fourth quarter is designed to facilitate campaigns and fund raising activities to support initiatives that further the cause of equality. Each segment is designed as a mix of activities and discussions, as well as stimulating competitions and exercises.
To facilitate the work of the clubs, we support schools by providing a dedicated curriculum and toolkit, skill-based workshops, support for interactive sessions with experts and an overall framework of active citizenship to enhance students’ understanding and ability to create impact.
During the academic year 2019-20, the clubs were piloted across 7 schools in 4 cities – Bengaluru. Hyderabad, Lucknow and Raipur. As we close the academic year, 500 students will graduate from the program. Our partner schools in 2019 included schools such as DPS Secunderabad, International School of Hyderabad, Study Hall Lucknow, among others.
In 2020, we aim to expand this fully-funded program to 100 schools across the country.
Partner with Us
In order to ensure greater coverage and impact, we are looking for organisations and resource persons to join us in our mission to develop the next generation of changemakers. These partnerships will involve interfacing with schools and helping YLAC manage club progress. If you are an organisation or individual interested in becoming a partner, and are based in any of our identified cities for 2020, we would love to hear from you. Please see the details below to understand project requirements.
If you are an individual, teacher or a school and would like to discuss the possibility of hosting the club at your school, you may access more information about the initiative, including details about the club structure through the relevant link below. We would love to hear from you as well!
- Local Partner Organisation – Year-long engagement for school management in either Delhi/NCR, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad or Chennai
- Local Resource Person – Part-time, two-month long engagement for school outreach in either Lucknow, Kanpur, Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Raipur
- Schools (In 22 cities, across India)
For any other information, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]
Raising Citizens of Tomorrow