Through ‘Agents of Change’, I tried to look at behavioural change in children though community participation. The project aims at spreading water literacy in rural Karnataka (India), where fluoride is endemic in groundwater and people are not aware of the problems that are caused due to drinking this water.
The design process involved facilitating a series of participatory workshops to build awareness around water and sanitation, focusing on fluoride for high school students in a rural government school. The children were taken through a series of workshops, through which performed activities that putabstract concepts that they have only read about in their textbooks, into action. The workshops also demonstrated that drinking rain water is the only way to prevent fluorosis, an incurable disease caused due to drinking water with excess fluoride. This was done by building fun experiences around factual matter.
I translated this journey to produce a toolkit that makes awareness programmes and learning more hands-on, interdisciplinary, fun and emotional.