The academic year 2012-13 is being observed as the 'Social Awareness Year' by the Pawar Public School.
Keeping this in mind, the students of std 9 Visited Kulgaon (Near Badlapur) and Hivre Bazar (Nagar Taluka Ahmednagar) on 29th and 30th march, 2012 as part of their SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work) project.
Aims & Objectives
At the primary level the aim is to create awareness amongst our students about various social issues that need to be addressed and at the secondary level the aim is to create a desire amongst them to take up the social responsibility and to bring about a change. While we who are born and brought up in Mumbai are well versed with the picture of 'India Shining', but there is another part of India which is still struggling for basic needs, which we cannot afford to ignore if we need to move ahead in our path of progress and development.
At Kulgaon the students got an insight into the living conditions that exist in a hamlet within easy reach of Mumbai. Our students interviewed the families living there and gathered information regarding their basic educational and health facilities.
Hivre Bazar lies in the drought-prone Ahmednagar district. Prior to 1989, the village was facing several problems such as migration of the villagers to the nearby urban areas, high crime and scarcity of water. In 1990, the villagers implemented a drip-irrigation system to conserve water and soil, and to increase the food production. The program included rainwater harvesting, digging trenches around the hill contours to trap water, afforestation and building of percolation tanks. These initiatives were complemented by a program for social change. The village was modeled after Ralegan Siddhi.
The initiatives greatly improved the socio-economic conditions in the village, and the village was declared as an "Ideal Village" by the Government of Maharashtra. At the "National Ground Water Congress" in New Delhi on 11 September 2007, the village received the "National Water Award" by the Government of India.
The Final Objective
Our students have made a comparative study between the two villages and come up with suggestions to improve the condition prevailing at Kulgaon. The program has been co-ordinated by Mr. Nilesh Puradkar who has done his Masters in Social Work through Tata Institute of Social Service.