Warwat (Chandrapur District) is a village with 401 families. The community is primarily involved in agriculture. The entire family, including children, is involved in agricultural labour and related work. This work, however, is seasonal.
People from Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Other Backward Castes live together in Warwat. These communities are among the most vulnerable and marginalised in India.
13-year-old Ankita joined the Magic Bus programme in her locality in early 2014.
She was good in studies and loved to participate. But, she was often very rude with her teammates and would not respect their feelings. Naturally, she made very few friends. She was also hostile towards the boys and refused to play with them.
The Training and Monitoring Officer along with the Community Youth Leader and Youth Mentor drew up a strategy through which they would help Ankita understand her problem.
In the following session, Ankita was made the captain of her team. Her team lost. During the review, Ankita admitted that none of her teammates were willing to listen to her and they acted hostile which resulted in their defeat. The Community Youth Leader pointed out that this was the same attitude that her teammates were subjected to by her every day. So, they refused to cooperate with her.
This feedback helped Ankita introspect and there was a dramatic change in her behaviour towards others after the session. She became much more respectful; she also started playing with the boys in her team.
Magic Bus sessions here are conducted weekly and are divided into three parts:
• Warm up: The development goal is introduced using interactive activities
• Main activity: The development goal is reinforced using sports and activities
• Review: A discussion is facilitated to draw parallels to real-life situations and sum up the learning objectives