Bengaluru: In commemoration of the United Nations Day, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), a UNAI hub for SDG1, organized a two-day campaign, “Make a Difference: Be the Difference”. The campaign was conducted in Kannamangala, Purushanahalli, and Kanaswadi Villages with a focus on student empowerment activities and rural life analysis in times of Pandemic. The two-day campaign ended with a green initiative of planting saplings in the villages.
A survey was conducted to analyse the impact of Covid-19 in the village and their difficulties to encounter the pandemics. The exposure of the rural population to media platforms in a period of the digital age for information and awareness was also analysed as part of the campaign. 150 school children in the villages were empowered by conducting different curricular and extracurricular activities. The effectiveness of the vaccination drive in the villages was also measured to understand the efficiency of vaccination campaigns.
A green awareness drive at the village households was also a part of the campaign. 500 saplings were planted in the village and 55 saplings were distributed to the children in schools to nurture nature for the future. 2000 masks, sanitizers, and COVID awareness leaflets were also dispersed in the village to ensure safety during pandemics.
The campaign was conducted in partnership with Gujarat Tourism and WFV (Water for Voiceless). A variety of programs including cultural and experimental design was organized for children to engage with the mainstreams. Dr Juby Thomas, Faculty of Department of Media Studies (PG), and Prof. Retheesh Palakkuzhyil, from the Department of Tourism, were the coordinators of the two-day campaign.