Agents of Change | Spreading water literacy
A self-initated thesis project done at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology | 2010 
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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.

 
A spread frm the tool-kit that was designed as part of the project
 
The students shooting a video explaining the issues around water and sanitation in their village
 A participatory film shot by class 9 students I worked with where they tell people about what they learnt and liked in the series of workshops
A picture of my logbook entry at a water source in the village
Painting the water tank at school with images created from the poems written by the students
Me with the students and the hand-washing bottles they had created
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This was my final diploma project where I worked with a school in C.K.Pura (an area highly affected by fluorosis due to fluoride being endemic in Read more
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