In a country where democratic and fundamental rights mean so much, the Right to Freedom of Speech seems imperative. But, in an overpopulated country like India, not everyone lives with a clear understanding of their society. Project Aawaaz, an initiative of Teach For India is nothing but a step towards giving voice to the underprivileged. Providing intellectual education, it trains the less-privileged instilling eagerness to think about their surrounding issues, how to process their thinking and what to do with their thoughts.
It aims to empower children of low-income backgrounds and generate awareness amongst them through the universal conventional method of questioning the societal issues.
The brain-child of two fellows of Teach For India, Mr. Tarangg and Mr. Puneet, the project is now initiated and under-progress. In the words of Mr. Tarangg, “The idea behind the venture came as we saw over the years that people from backward communities cannot debate and voice their opinions, because of where they come from. In its initial stages now, the results will be seen after a month only. And thus, it requires support from Delhiites in the form of volunteers.” The project is their initiative to remove this hindrance completely.
The project is not mainstream at all. While education, skills and facilities are being provided by other organizations, Project Aawaaz makes them actually think, ponder, understand, question, infer, interpret and thus, become a further important part of the society. It gives them the sense of belongingness to their surroundings too. As they question it more, their understanding of the society becomes clearer. They can then have at least an independent opinion on religious, political and civic societal concerns and issues.
The children are trained for three whole months in the training program, after which a large-scale debate is organized, giving them a platform to find their voices and speak up in their emboldened ‘Aawaaz’.
The registrations for volunteering for this program are now open.
Volunteer and help a child, find his ‘voice’.
Picture courtesy: Project Aawaaz’s Facebook page