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Social activism by students
Detail: The Indian city of Lucknow has recently witnessed young students championing various social causes. Lucknow girl Yugratna Srivastava, who addressed the UN summit on climate change, plans to put to good use her summer break, by planting trees. “It’s not just about planting trees,” articulates Yugratna, “I’m hoping that through this particular effort, my voice will be carried to the powers that be, that saving trees is vital for the next generation.” This tenth standard student sure does feel strongly about environmental damage, especially as “children are a part of the future, they will face the worst effects. So naturally it is for us to initiate changes.”

The case of eight-year-old Aishwarya using RTI (Right to Information) to get the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) to remove a garbage dump from opposite her school garnered great media attention in March this year.

Students from New Way School have launched a safe driving campaign to create awareness among the citizens of Lucknow.

Lucknow’s premier girl’s school, Loreto Convent, has recently come out with its survey regarding tobacco usage in the city, which it plans to submit to the authorities. The study examined issues such as – “Are tobacco control laws as envisaged in the COTPA (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003), like the ban on smoking in public places being enforced in the city of Lucknow? Are Lucknow citizens any wiser about the hazards of smoking and tobacco consumption?” Seeking the answers to these questions, students of Class XII did a random survey of the city, as part of their Environmental Education Project. They surveyed 200 persons (150 males and 50 females) of various age groups, and from different stratas of society – from rickshaw pullers to executives.
Source: Based on “Students give lessons in social studies: Social activism gets a younger look as students in the city champion socially relevant causes” by Anjali Chandra and Akash Wadhwa, Times News Network, http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=TOIL/2010/05/14&PageLabel=25&EntityId=Ar02400&ViewMode=HTML&GZ=T
Date: September 5 2010