THINK
Policy!

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CERTIFICATE COURSE IN PUBLIC POLICY & GOVERNANCE

THINK Policy Outreach December - January

120

students

80 GIRLS

40 boys

3

courses

Simran
Atal Adharsh Balika Vidhyalya

All the sessions were very good and student-friendly

Manya Singh

St. Anthony’s Sr. Sec. School

We learn that there’s more goes into policy making than what we knew. The session was successful in proving us insight to the complex policy making process while highlighting the need for critical thinking.

Mehak Yadav

Sahoday Sr.Sec.School

From this course we have learn so many new things which we cannot learn in the classroom

 
Think Policy! is the flagship project of POLEDU Learning Foundation that introduces the fundamentals of public policy and governance.
A full-day course to enrich high school students with the spirit of critical thinking. Instilling in them a belief in the power of innovative policy ideas for social change. The course follows a three-step method used in the social analysis: awareness, reflection, and action in order to bring the desired public policy change. It is open for students from all streams, arts, commerce and science.
THINK Policy! is a pilot course and aims to target 800 students from 20 schools.
Speakers are public policy experts who have experience working on diverse issues, including Education, Health, Economics, Environment, Livelihood, and Technology. 
rationale
Policy Talks ventures into the platforms where no policy programs have taken place. THINK Policy! targets high schoolers who have not entirely decided which professional route to take after school. It offers an opportunity to help younger students discern their academic and career choices. It also introduces them to a new career option which is working full time in the civic society sector as researchers, program managers, policy analysis, advocates & policy entrepreneurs. THINK Policy!enables students to understand the importance of public policy solution to social problems and encourages innovative policy thinking at their young age.
objectives
To build among young Indians who are interested in understanding the role of civic society in public policy making, a culture of critical thinking and the ability to understand policy making in India.
To equip young Indians with the willingness and confidence to participate in public discourse and become social policy entrepreneurs in some form as they shape their academic future and move ahead in their professional lives. 
 
course methodology
The training will be based on three main components: Awareness, Reflection, Action. This is an experiential learning format that encourages students to enquire into problematic situations that affect them on a daily basis, then plan and organize specific actions to bring about a positive change to address those problems. This inductive method of analysis begins with the everyday life experiences of young people, and the issues and challenges they face regularly. The method is aimed at making students aware of the reality of their particular situation, in their school, home and in society. The course will be facilitated through activity-based learning such as case studies, stories, games, films, debates and input sessions followed by group discussions

| AWARENESS

Public Policy and Governance

The introduction to fundamentals of public policy & governance will be facilitated through awareness and understanding of political economy, challenges in the field of education, health, livelihood and entrepreneurship. 

| REFLECTION

Constitutional & Liberal Values

The group reflection enables participants to build the spirit of critical thinking. The inputs and activities will be aimed to review if the learning and experience correspond with constitutional and liberal values. 

| ACTION

Find solutions for social change and put policy ideas to action

  • The participants are provided orientation and encouraged to examine the problems and develop solutions for social change.

  • The final analysis should be presented in 2 pages or maximum word limit of 1000 words within 2 weeks after the course.

  • Winning analysis from each training course will receive INR 2000 worth vouchers as an award.

  • All participants who complete the course with the policy analysis submission will receive the THINK Policy! Certificate.

  • Policy Talks will assign mentors to students who would like to take forward their innovative ideas and or guide them in further formal policy studies.

  • The alumnus of THINK Policy! are eligible to participate in the 2 days national level policy fest for school students, THINK FREEDOM.

 

Introduction

why public policy?

SESSION 1

Fundamentals of Public Policy & Governance

Discovering the principles of sound public policy

SESSION 2

Democracy, Politics and Institutions

Role of the citizens, influencers, government and institutions

SESSION 3

Social and Economic Development

Policies that impact people

Break

SESSION 4

Constitutional and Liberal Values

Reflecting on personal, social and political value

SESSION 5

Policy Analysis

Find solutions for social change and put policy ideas to action

THINK Policy! One day course will be composed of 5 core sessions

course structure

Evaluation

UPCOMING SESSIONS (Cancelled for COVID-19 Pandemic)

Don Bosco School

Liluah, Howrah | 20 April 2020

Agrasain Balika Siksha Sadan

Liluah, Howrah | 21 April 2020

St. Aloysius School

Howrah | 22 April 2020

Loreto House

Kolkata | 23 April 2020

Sacred Heart School

Kharagpur | 24 April 2020

St Agnes School [tentative]

Kharagpur | 25 April 2020

Loreto Day School

Elliot Road, Kolkata | 27 April 2020

Birla High School [tentative]

Kolkata | 28 April 2019

St Paul's Boarding & Day School

Kidderpore | 29 April 2019

Meghmala Roy Education Centre School

Behala | 30 April 2019

Bethany School

Sulantu, Parulia, Burdwan | 2 May 2019