On June 7 students of Inventure Academy as part of their Inventuring, tried to look at the complex issues in the world around them. As part of this exercise students went an Empathy walk, first in school where they met support staff and interviewed them to understand their lives and the issues that they deal with. This eye opening exercise was repeated in Dommasandra and Gunjur where they collated more information about the people they met. From these experiences students gained an insight into the lives of people who live around them whom they are almost never aware of. Students who were part of this exercise also participated in Our Lakes, Our Voice where they had yet another opportunity to try out their empathy walk and other participatory tools. Participatory tools or PRA (Participatory Rural Analysis) tools are visualization tools that help in understanding socio-economic situation of a place. Different tools that were used during the empathy map were oral histories, mobility map, seasonal calendar, target maps, daily routine maps etc. This helped students interact with Inventure support staff and other villagers with a specific focus and understand their issues like lack of basic facilities, education, issues caused by migration etc. The purpose of this approach is based on Inventure’s attempt to expose students to real world issues.
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