Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lawtoons - Kanan Dhru

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 Very simply, Lawtoons is law + cartoons.

Lawtoons project is about simplifying the boring and tedious laws which most people cannot understand!

Ideally, our target group is children between the age of 10 to 14 but these cartoons will bring the knowledge of laws even to the elders who do not understand the laws! We plan to subtly infuse the idea of creating a world of interesting and exciting cartoons that will attract both children and elders.

An aware citizenry lies at the very foundation of a vibrant democracy. In the society today, there exists a wide gap between different policies, laws and functioning of the Government and awareness about the same in a common-man.

More than 50% of the Indian population is below the age of 25. In the years to come, it is this segment of the population that is going to be shaping India. Their perception of governance and their role within it, therefore, becomes even more crucial. The curriculum on civics in schools is often dull and uninspiring, turning the young minds away from the questions on governance and the society. These very issues need to be communicated in a way that inspires and excites the young minds to become the agents of change. The Lawtoons Project aims to do just that.

The objective behind this project is to increase the knowledge, skills and values in children about processes of governance and basics of citizenship education, so that they positively consider themselves as components of vibrant and participative democracy. 

A cartoon is an important tool for framing social issues and can be a very easy medium of communication, especially with the younger audience.

A series of cartoon books, comprising of topics on varied aspects of law and policy will be created as part of this project. These books can be made available in local language as well as in English and can be widely circulated in private and municipal schools in Ahmedabad. Our idea is to create a book covering around 5 to 6 different laws/fundamental rights. We plan to use the crowdfunding model to raise funding for the project.

Through this project we plan to reach out to more than 10,000 children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds as a part of the pilot study in the district of Ahmedabad. We also plan to make this a sustainable and widely spread activity with our tie-ups with government and private schools in and outside the State of Gujarat. We will also be creating a social media campaign around this by having an interactive website and a mobile application.

Some of the topics that will cover are:

1) Right to Equality before the law (Article 14 of the Constitution)

2) Six freedoms (Article 19 of the Constitution)

a.      Freedom of speech (as long as you don’t derogate anyone) –right to information.

b.   Freedom to assemble peacefully and without arms (as long as you don’t indulge in anti-national activities)

c.       Freedom to form association and unions (as long as you don’t disturb public order)

d.      Freedom to move freely throughout the territory of India (as long as you don’t harm any citizens or public property)

e.      Freedom to reside and settle in any part of India

f.      Freedom to practice any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business (as long as you work in interest of the general public)

3)   Right to Life (Article 21 of the Constitution)

4)   Right against exploitation (Article 23 and 24 of the Constitution)

5)   Right to Education (Article 21 A of the Constitution)

6)   Right to Information Act 2005

7)   Consumer Protection Act 1986

8)   Environment Protection Act 1986

9)   Women’s Rights (Prevention of Sexual Harassment Against Workplace Act 2013, Equal Remuneration Act 1976)

10) Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act 2012

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