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We are all aware of the rally organised by the farmers of Maharashtra on March on 12th March 2018, where they marched for more than 180 km over 6 days, with blistered feet, from Nashik to Mumbai to share their grievances with the government. We discussed this event in class and took some time to reflect on the event using the Blooms Taxonomy.
The dire state of the farmers impacted the students so deeply that they unanimously said, !' and that was the starting point for a student initiated action. As their teachers our role was to carefully guide and support them through their discussions on why and how they could help the farmers.
It was important for us to let the students know that it was a noble idea. However, they needed to make the idea turn into true action. As there was not much that the children could do in connection with the farmers' demands they thought of how they could help them in the smallest possible way. The children's thoughts and ideas warmed our hearts.
In small groups they discussed and finally decided to hold an auction of the story books that they were working on and donate the money they would collect to the farmers.
|Budding Authors at Work|
We are Ready!
The students invited their parents to buy the books they wrote through an auction. They read the blurbs of the books and the parent auctioned the books they would want to buy. To keep it fair and open the students read random blurbs, so that the parents would not know who the original author of the book is.
Post the auction the origjnal authors sat and read the book to the buyer.
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The money collected was donated to an NGO- Apulkee which works for the welfare of the farmers all over Maharashtra. Its main purpose is to help the farmers in every possible way so that they can reap the benefits by gaining Advanced Knowledge of Farming & receive best price for their farm produce.