I conducted context mapping with 70 children (9-11 years) in two schools - a private and a low-income private school, to understand the context and children’s perception of air quality. To view the whole project, click here.
Sensitization: A probe kit consisting of worksheets was distributed to children. The goal was to reflect on their daily activities and the perceived air pollution levels. This helped them prepare for the generative session.
Students of a Teach for India - associated school engaged in the sensitization activity.
Children had fun with this exercise and came up with creative ways to depict their journey through the day.
The outcome of the sensitization session by a student at Purnapramati school
I learned that most children associate air pollution with only visible dust and smoke. Many of them associated the outdoors with poor air quality and indoors with better air quality.
Generative session: I conducted the generative session with a group of six students in each school. They were given a set of over 80 unbiased images and had to create a collage that represented what they felt about air quality. This session helped in triggering meaningful discussions.
I learned that children in both schools were aware of the health consequences of pollution and believe that unless we make changes in our lifestyle, the air will remain polluted. They also felt the need for knowing more about the air quality in their surroundings.