OXFAM YLAC Equality Club at Nitte International School


OXFAM is a global NGO that works to create an equal and just society by empowering the underprivileged.OXFAM India works primarily through grass roots organizations to bring deep-rooted sustainable changes in people’s lives. They work for the poorest and socially excluded communities by mobilizing them to campaign for greater economic and social reforms.

About YLAC (Young Leaders for Active Citizenship)

YLAC is an organization founded by Harvard and Oxford alumni, that works to strengthen our country’s democracy through increased citizen engagement.

YLAC’s interventions are designed to equip citizens with a better understanding of the society they live in and the challenges that it confronts.


An in house campaign on Minority Rights Quarter 3 Activity

An in house campaign on Minority Rights Quarter 3 Activity was organised in the school. During the Assembly, IV and V std students were explained about the minority groups and their rights. A video on minority rights was shown to them. The students were made to repeat the slogans on minority rights and human rights.

Class Room campaign session was done for classes VI to XII on Minority rights. The club members explained the significance and relevance of equal treatment of minority in the society. The students had doubts and questions which was addressed.

The message of Minority protection & rights could be effectively conveyed to different age groups in the school.

Report on ‘Act It Out’ Activity

Date: 17/01/2020

Activity type: Skit, discussion & video followed by a debrief.

Topic: Act it out -The Psychological poverty trap.

Duration: 45 minutes

The club members were divided into 2 groups and were given a worksheet with two different situations. They were provided 20 mins for discussion and 5 mins to present their skit. The two situations were extremely interesting – A rich lady waking up one day to realize that she is in the body of her house-help and vice versa. The students enacted this ‘Transformation’ of the two ladies, their psychological trauma and challenges to accept the change. The students’ opinion on the role-reversal & effect of poverty on the psychology of the poor were taken.

A video was shown to the students.

A debrief followed the video and students were informed about the effects of poverty at an Individual, community and a national level. A variety of unknown areas were analyzed and dealt with through this activity.

Report on ‘It could be Verse’ Activity

Date: 22/01/2020

Activity type: Videos followed by discussion and debrief.

Topic: It could be Verse

Duration: 45 minutes

The club members were divided into 4 groups and played the poems on screen. After screening of the poetry each group was handed out a printed version of the poem and given 5 mins for discussion.
This was followed by discussion with the entire club on the central theme, emotion, tone, the probable context behind the composition etc of each of the poems.

A debrief was done and a volunteer from each group was asked to share their views and a pre identified set of questions were posed to test their understanding.

The originality of the composition and variety impressed the club.

Felicitation of Equality Champions of Quarter 2 Oxfam YLAC Equality club at NIS

The Equality Champions of the Second Quarter on Economic Equality were feliciated in the School Assembly. NIS Principal Mrs Sandhya Singh pinned the badges to the winners. The Champions expressed their gratitude and shared their experience with the fellow students.

Report on Defining Differences Activity

Date: 18/12/19

Activity type: Short Activity followed by debrief.

Topic: Defining Differences.

Duration: 45 minutes

The club was divided into 4 groups and each group was given the copy of bulletin A and a sheet of paper. They were asked to choose 5 adjectives from it to describe the genenation of Elders (born before 2000) and Gen Z (born after 2000). As expected, students chose the most flattering adjectives to represent their own generation of Gen Z. Similarly another two bulletins B and C were given.

Post reading and discussion, they were asked their options and acceptance for the definition of Gen Z as ‘narcissist’ and ‘sheltered’, the sacrifices and the colonial past which led to a difference in behavior & mindset with the Elders, the students responded logically. A short video on prejudice and stereotypes in society was played to close the session.


The First session of the Quarter 3 Minority Rights and Discrimination

Date: 16/12/19

Activity type: Short Activity followed by debrief.

Topic: Claim it! Exploring diversity and minority sentiments.

Duration: 45 minutes

All the club members were asked to stand at one side of the room. Instructions were given to the members to cross to the other side of the room while Claiming a particular category. Statements were read out and students for whom those were ‘true’ moved to the other side. The most interesting factor was that the students didnot hesitate to claim any of the statements. It was a lively activity. A set of questions were asked after the activity, which made the students realize the feeling of being in the comfort zone of life. The seemingly homogeneous composition of a class room can also have diversity was the message of the activity.

It gave them the opportunity to identify the feeling of being a part of the Minority and Majority at different situations in life.
It has also given them a realistic view of the society and learn to emphasize on the less privileged.

Report on Chair Game Activity

The fifth session of the Quarter 2 Economic Equality was conducted yesterday.

Date: 05/12/19

Activity type: Chairgame Activity followed by a debrief and discussion

Topic: Visualizing the size gap in wealth

Duration: 45 minutes

10 volunteers took part in the musical chair game. Students were instructed that each of them represent 10% of the population in India and to occupy the chairs when the music stops. In the first round each student sat on one chair. This was the visualization of the IDEAL distribution of wealth in the country. Second round giving them a different situation that 75% wealth owned by 1 individual and remaining 25% distributed among 90% of population. Third round with 7 chairs occupied by 1 student and remaning 9 managed to sit in 3 chairs and some one the floor. The ACTUAL situation of wealth distribution.

The chair game was followed by a debrief and discussion about the global wealth gap, difference between income and wealth, the other factors like gender, religion and caste which has already fractured Indian Society.

Report on Rapid Fire Activity

Date: 23/11/19

Activity type: Expert Talk session

Duration: 90 mins

The last session which marked the closure of the Second Quarter was the Expert Talk Session.

Mr Santosh Charan from The/Nudge Foundation gave a very inspiring and informative talk about his experience with the Gurukul transforming lives of thousands of people through their 100 days of free training offered to the underprivileged and giving them placement at much better situations with job security.

The astonishing figures of unemployment and the megre number of employment generation left the students puzzled about the tough challenges waiting for them in the future.

The story of Kencheppa, a construction labourer who used to build others houses and dreamt of only his next meal, is just one among the thousands who were helped by the Gurukul by The/Nudge Foundation. Today, he is building a house for himself after getting into a decent job was one which touched the students’ minds.

The talk and presentation by Mr Santosh, who is a Bachelors Degree holder from BITS, Pilani, was followed by a question and feedback session.

The thought that not tomorrow but today itself & not a better situation of the future but today’s available situation is the right moment to start helping the underprivileged in our society was the message for the students.

Report on Rapid Fire Activity

The fourth session of the Quarter 2 Economic Equality was conducted yesterday

Date: 19/11/19

Activity type: Brainstorming & Debating

Topic: Solutions to addressing inequalities

Duration: 60 minutes

The club members were divided into 2 groups. Each group was given time to work together and come up with solutions to address the complex problem of inequalities in various sectors. Followed by one team presenting their solution and the other team getting a chance to critique their solution and offer a rebuttal. The same procedure happened with the other team as well. The teams for their validation of solutions were rewarded points.

The students were highly engaged as it was an activity seeking students reflection on reforming society.

Report on Money Ball Activity

The Third session of the Quarter 2 Economic Equality was conducted on Children’s Day.

Date: 14/11/19

Activity type: Role play followed by a debrief

Topic: Inequality and its effects on life chances

Duration: 90 minutes

The club members were divided into 6 groups. Two groups each represented low, midde & high income groups. Each group played the role of assigned families. The groups were given particular circumstances and asked to fill the tables given along with them. Students discussed and arrived at their own tabulation according to the situation provided. One member from each team explained their circumstances and how they planned their budget.

After all the rounds were completed the facilitator discussed a set of pre identified questions with the club.

This activity provided an insight into the various strata of the society and the hardships they face during crisis. The members found the activity very informative as they were introduced to new concepts like ‘Capital Quotient’ , ‘Credit Rating’ etc.

Report on Oxfam YLAC Equality Club Campaign at Dr NSAM PU College, Bangalore

The Advocacy Campaign session of the Quarter 2 Economic Equality was conducted yesterday at Dr.Nitte Shankara Adyanthaya Memorial P.U. College, Bangalore.

Date: 12/11/19

Duration: 90 minutes

The first advocacy campaign outside the school was successfully organised with great zeal by the club members. Shashank & Meet Patel delivered a speech about the club. Students staged a skit on economic inequality in society. Another performance was a Live TV talk show which showcased the inequalities prevailing in the Health Sector in the country. Videos on economic inequality were presented followed by a Rap song. A mannequin challenge was a quick activity for the audience.

Glimpses of pinning badges by our principal to champions of the ‘Oxfam Equality Quarter One’ activity.

Report on Inequalities in Health & Education

The Second session of the Quarter 2 Economic Equality was conducted.

Date: 04/11/19

Activity type: Brainstorming and creating a Radio Advert

Topic : Radio Spot-Advocating for an equal world

Duration : 90 minutes

The club members were divided into 4 groups. The sample audios were played for the club members. The students after listening to the radio advert, had a brainstorming session amongst their groups. Each team deviced their own ways of creating a radio advertisement. The students were very excited to engage in this activity. Each team presented their adverts. Two teams created advert supporting Equality in Health and the other two groups favored Education.

Report on Inequalities in Health & Education

The First session of the Quarter 2 Economic Equality was conducted today

Date: 31/10/19

Activity type: General Discussion and Presentation

Topic : Inequalities in Health & Education

Duration : 60 minutes

The club members were divided into 2 groups. The concept was explained to the club members. Each group was given handouts on two different case study to read and discuss amongst their group.

Post reading, videos were shown on each Oxfam case study. The originality of the situation made the club members engrossed in it. The purpose of the activity to make the members aware of the gaps that exist in the provision of education and healthcare in the country was met.

An inhouse campaign on Gender Equality was conducted in the school assembly for classes VI to XII

A skit and a song composed by the club members was performed. Speeches were also delivered on the topic Gender Equality to sensitize the students.

Report on Work Together Live Together

The fifth session of the Quarter 1 Gender Equality was conducted on 25/09/19

Activity type: General Discussion and Presentation

Topic : Work Together Live Together

Duration : 60 minutes

The club members were divided into 4 groups. The concept was explained to the club members. Each group was given a handout to read and discuss amongst their group. One member from each team gave a presentation and shared their views. The students engaged in the the GD and expressed their genuine opinions.

Glimpses and winners list of ‘Poster Making’ competition held by Oxfam YLAC Club

Winners from 7th to 12th category

  • I Shambhavi Bharadwaj – X A
  • II Rakshitha BJ – XI Science
  • III Vishesh S K – VII B

Winners of the 4th 5th 6th category

  • I Prize Surya Naidu R – VB
  • II Prize Varunika R – VA
  • III Prize Varsha U Reddy – VA

QUARTER I Gender Equality – Activity 5

Date: 3/9/19

Activity type : Poster Making Competition

Topic : 4th to 6th – Exchange the roles of parents in the family
7th to 12th – Gender Equality

A poster making competition was organised by the Oxfam YLAC Equality Club NIS for classes 4th to 12th on 3/9/19. There was an extraordinary participation for the competition. From classes 6th to 12th there were about 100 students who participated. Even classes 4 and 5 witnessed a great participation with 70 entries.

QUARTER I Gender Equality – Activity 4

Date: 03/09/19

Activity type : Quiz

Topic : Women’s Political Participation

Duration : 45 Minutes

The club members were divided into 2 groups. The were a set of questions from three different areas – voting, political leadership & political participation of women. The students could answer majority of the questions. The club members found it informative.

QUARTER I Gender Equality – Activity 3

Date: 29/8/19

Activity type : Brainstorming & Planning strategy for campaigns

Topic : Advocacy Campaign

Duration : 1 hour

The club members were given an insight about different types of campaigns and videos were shown. Students were divided into 4 groups. Discussion was followed by a brainstorming session and students arrived at their own strategy on campaigning.

The best ideas will be be chosen and the campaigning will be staged by a selected core group.

QUARTER I Gender Equality – Activity 2

The second activity of the Quarter 1 Gender Equality was conducted on 20/08/2019

Activity type: Debate

Topic : Women’s Reservation Bill

Duration : 1 hour

The club members were divided into two group and each team spoke for and against the given topic. The debate was very lively with heated arguments. A few other related topics like girls education, minority reservation and dummy candidates were commented about. Most of the points given in the handouts were already covered in the first half of the debate. Second half was the summing up session.

QUARTER I Gender Equality – Activity 1

Topic : Gender Stereotype

Duration : 30 mins

Date: 24/07/19

The activity 1 was conducted today to identify the various ways in which gender norms are enforced in society. The club members enthusiastically participated in the short activity and shared their views on the topic. The videos on the historical evolution of colour differentiation for girls (pink) and boys (blue) was very exciting for the students. Age old practices to current issues of the gender stereotypes were under the scope of discussion. The club members are geared up for making a “change” in society.

OXFAM launch at Nitte International School

The Equality Club of Oxfam and YLAC was inaugurated at NIS on 8th July 2019. The inaugural ceremony was held at the school auditorium by lighting the lamp.

Ms. AparajithaBharathi, Co-founder YLAC and Ms. MallikaTatavarty, Regional Head –South Partnership Development at OXFAM India were the guests for the day.

Mr. RohitPunja, Administrator NITTE Education Trust presided over the function.
He expressed the need of such clubs and the active participation of students is very important to bring the positive change in the society.

Ms. Sandhya Singh, Principal NIS motivated and encouraged the students to join the club.
The “Equality Club” is started at NIS to create an awareness among the students about Gender disparity, Income inequality and social inequality prevailing in the society.

The club constitutes of 40 members with equal number of girls and boys.
Ms. Reshma KV has been nominated as the Coordinator for the Oxfam Club.

Ms. AparajithaBharathi , Ms. MallikaTatavarty& Mr. RohitPunja addressed the students and sensitized them about the social issues and the contribution of students to bring a just social order.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by a presentation on Oxfam.

Activities for students were organized which witnessed enthusiastic participation from the club members.
Badges were pinned to the members at the function.

NIS is proud to be associated in the pilot project of Oxfam which is launched in only is 6 cities in India.