Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
They're beggars and criminals with wasted lives of misery and pain. They are not the same as you and me. That is the first impression most of us derive of the children living in slums. Refusing to see reality and understand their circumstances we get judgmental. Growing in an environment of poverty, violence, abusive behaviours, rejection, we cannot be moral polices. To affect attitudes and values, to change thinking is not an easy task. Extremely intangible, very hard to quantify and pin down, as very often people will say one thing but think/do another. And yet we realized that it is only in the realm of values and attitudes that we can make a longterm difference. To provide inputs and allow critical thinking among children is what we aim at.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
To stimulate young minds into thinking, questioning, probing preconceived notions and prejudice, challenging and coming up with their own answers is our endeavour. We are merely trying to bring them material to respond to, to react to, to think about and act upon. Stories, Films, people, performances, workshops, debates. To start a churning, to table the concern, to bring it to the forum. To make youngsters aware that there are a lot of people who believe that an alternate existence is possible. There can be mutual coexistence and communal harmony, and that they can be part of this network. This process is called seeding.
Share Stories, Open Minds taps into the inherent creative impulse present in all of us to address value systems. It attempts to sow the seeds of tolerance, peaceful coexistence, living with difference and communal harmony, which is the scope of the PeaceWorks project.