We believe that being a citizen means taking simple and persistent, yet concrete and measurable actions. The Solve Ninja Index developed by Reap Benefit documents a citizen’s civic muscle, by capturing civic actions and mapping them to 21st-century skills to compute an evolving citizenship score
Captures civic actions taken
Maps the action to 21st century skills activated
Computes citizenship score
Grade 9 students from GHS Rajajinagar noticed that their school ground was serving as a garbage dump and decided that it had to be made accessible again for use. They collected signatures from the entire school and submitted a copy to the Block Education Officer (BEO), Principal, Cluster Resource Person (CRP) and Corporator of Rajajinagar. On Gandhi Jayanthi, students did a clean up of the ground supported by the BBMP. Now the BBMP collects waste once in two days and the students have received appreciation from the local authorities.
Pracheth watched the air quality levels getting poorer with every passing day in his area due to traffic and burning of plastic. Inspired by the idea of “air-ink” he developed (and is currently prototyping) a low-cost carbon collector; a can and filter paper fitted at the end of the exhaust pipes (of vehicles) that collect carbon emissions and turn those into ink.
A Solve Ninja and a design intern for Reap Benefit, Aabharan’s focus has been on innovations; life hacks as he calls them. He has worked on water wastage, switchboard mapping to reduce electricity wastage and is currently working on agrotech innovations. He believes in doing vs. talking.
Solve Ninjas from GHS Janata discovered that all the waste generated in their school was being unsustainably burnt. In investigating why this was happening, they found there was no assigned vehicle collecting garbage from their campus. They submitted a written complaint to Chief HDMC Kalaghatgi. They received a positive reply and a garbage truck was assigned to their school.
Committed to making their school a hygienic place, Solve Ninjas from GHS Begur investigated their school premises and realized they were lacking facilities and the upkeep of the same. They rallied students from the school and organized mass cleanups around the school’s sanitary facilities; including unclogging toilets, cleaning the water tanks, and raised money to install water filters.
Kaushik was deeply impacted by the water scarcity problem he saw his grandmother facing in her village. Noticing water flowing from overhead tanks into drains, he built an Arduino-based solution that detects water levels and turns off the motor at the right time, to be able to prevent water wastage. He has been able to save enough water to provide for five houses in a village per day. He also engaged with his local sub-collector to prevent pollution and vandalism of Bathlapalli Lake, Hosur.
Noticing heaps of garland lying waste on the roads around a neighbourhood temple, Karthik conducted extensive research on the ways to reuse those flowers. In the process he discovered how to use polyester twine in upcycling the flowers. He has opened a composting pit in the temple aided by fellow community members, successfully diverting flower waste.
Moved by the deplorable conditions of the Adyar river, Solve Ninjas from DAV Senior Boys School, first investigated the root causes for the river’s deteriorating conditions. They then blew this up into a petitioning campaign on Change.org and a social media campaign that is creating awareness on the necessity to revive the Adyar river.
Disturbed by the alarming air pollution levels in her area, Taanika filed an RTI to uncover information on tree cover affected by Metro constructions. She was met with a response from the BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited) on trees cut and transplanted. She has already filed her second RTI.
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