A number of health awareness workshops were organised for the people of 10 slums in Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh. During the pandemic, participants used this skill to create awareness content on corona spread and precautions one needs to take.
Engaging children during the COVID pandemic was a big challenge. Most of the children living in the countryside were without any access to the Internet and hence had no means to learn new things. To engage children in a creative and entertaining manner, World Comics India collaborated with the Going to School organisation and produced a TV programme for Doordarshan. Fun learning elements of such videos were appreciated everywhere.
Over 40 children were trained to develop socially relevant content. Most of the children used their newly learnt skills to train other children, women and youth in their respective villages. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they created several posters to spread awareness on Covid Appropriate Behaviour.
We are proud to present you with the recent publication on Antibiotic Resistance. This publication is a part of the Superheroes against Superbugs campaign and consists of comic stories made using the grassroots comics methodology. This is the result of the hard work of students and medical professionals who tried their best to raise awareness on Antibiotic Resistance.
The medium of comics reaches the marginalized, reaches the grassroots level. Rohingyas, who were forced to flee their land on account of genocide shared their daunting experiences, stories, and issues through the medium of grassroots comics. Providing a voice to the subaltern, the grassroots comics workshop aimed at raising awareness on the plight of Rohingyas and developing empathy towards the community.
Rohingya immigrants shared their stories in their own words and later, their comic stories were compiled and published in a book called – Rendered Stateless, not Voiceless.
The stories in the book were divided into many comic strips titled ‘My Dream’, ‘Exist without identity’, ‘My heart is still in Myanmar’, ‘Born uncertified’, Not a terrorist, ‘In search of a safe life’, ‘Long journey’, ‘The exodus and aftermath’, and ‘Hoping against hope’…etc.
Comics developed by the Rohingyas were exhibited in Nuh, Mewat. How it is like to live as an illegal immigrant, exodus and politics around it, all were covered in these comics. What makes these stories of high value and importance is that these stories were not created by researchers or by the media, but by Rohingyas themselves.
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NGOs activists, Students participated in a two days training programme of comics on epic and everyday struggles of women for equality. This workshop was organised in collaboration with the Centre for Women Development Studies, Delhi.
Comic Creator Superheroes are back with the campaign Superheroes against Superbugs. The campaign aims to raise awareness on the issue of Antibiotic Resistance and promote community dialogue and action by engaging with young children, students, and medical professionals in India. Participants were excited to learn about and raise awareness on Antibiotic Resistance. They exhibited their comics in the National Science Centre, Delhi.
New trainers, youth and children of Kalyanpuri, started giving training to other kids of their community. The confidence level of the trainer was high and they started behaving like a responsible citizen at an early age. That was also one of the objectives of this training programme.
Children from various districts of Bihar who were trained in an earlier grassroots comics workshop started giving training to other people in their respective villages in Muzaffarpur, and Darbhanga districts.
Students of Miranda House, University of Delhi participated in the grassroots comics workshop. They documented their everyday struggles that are a result of gender inequality. Their powerful stories on gender inequality prove how comics can be a tool for progressive social change!
Children from various districts of Bihar participated in a workshop organised in collaboration with Aga Khan Development Network. Children produced stories from local areas and later showed them to the Anganwadi workers in Muzaffarpur.
A campaign to spread awareness on the issue of Antibiotic Resistance was initiated in collaboration with DBT/India Alliance. The campaign titled “Superheroes against Superbugs” was kick-started at the beginning of 2018. In this series students of various schools participated in a workshop held at National Science Museum, Delhi. It was part of an exhibition curated by the London Museum on the subject.
Activists from Vigyan Foundation, Lucknow, who are actively working with the panchayat functionaries, teachers and women groups invited their staff, teachers and community members to participate in this communication workshop.
Students of Animation and special effects were trained in a workshop and later they used the methodology during their festival Art FX Adda. The trained trainers conducted several sessions for visiting students and faculty from other streams.