This research project explores the idea of the child citizen as produced in school education along with the everyday lived realities of children in marginalized spaces, examined within the larger framework of liberty, equality, justice and fraternity, guaranteed to all citizens by the Constitution of India. It focusses on children from Grades 6-8 at 3 sites – Shaheen Bagh, the Farmers’ Protests, and Kitab Mahal, a library catering to Dalit and Muslim children in Govandi – that provide a range of experiences and identities, and are bound by a tension between existing state policy and complex everyday life. The project uses a combination of arts-based exercises, done in collaboration with children to draw out their responses, and documentary practice. Arts workshops will be conducted with about 10 children at each site, to generate material that reflects the children’s experiences both inside and outside school. Based on this, 3-5 children will be chosen at each site, observed and followed in their everyday contexts over a few days. Conversations with them and some adults in their lives such as parents, teachers or other members of the family/community will also be included. The project outcomes include a blog (archiving the children’s artwork), a short Film (5-7 minutes) and a long-form essay.
Key Words: Children, Schooling, Arts, Citizenship, Everyday Life
Citizenship, Marginalized Communities
Delhi, Mumbai and areas in the state of Punjab