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COLLABORATORS: IT for change | Srishti institute of design

Redefining gender roles for school children in rural Mysore | Creating a framework and suggestions to build weekly activities that the NGO will conduct with the boys in the upcoming year


  • IT for Change is an NGO based in Bengaluru, which demonstrates alternative ways in which digital technologies can be envisioned, and programs designed and implemented, to strengthen the marginalized sections of society.


  • Prakriye field centre has been working with adolescent girls by holding innovative digital media-based learning dialogues to strengthen their agency and leadership


  • They are expanding the scope of its work to reach out to adolescent boys as without creating alternative imaginaries of masculinities at the local level, it is difficult to make progress in the area of empowering adolescent girls.

  • It for Change and Prakriye are in the process of brainstorming the curriculum for these learning as a part of the strategic design.

  • The particular challenge and an opportunity are to explore how the methods of design inquiry can be brought together to aid and assist in the goals of Prakriye, in this stage and beyond.



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We did two activities with the kids - Daily routine  mapping | likes and dislikes

  • Daily routine mapping: We asked the kids to map their daily activities starting from sunrise to sunset.

  • Likes and dislikes: The children wrote their likes and dislikes of the kids 


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We found that the first day's data collection was not all that effective because we had activities that mostly writing. The boys expected some sort of physical activity and they got restless seeing the other group playing.

  • Most of the boys worked in the fields

  • Helped their mothers with their daily chores

  • Peer pressure played a major role during the session
    (i.e) an instance where this happened was when a kid mentioned that he helped his mother cook, but he did not write it down on his routine because the other boys commented on him.

  • Most boys wanted to get into law and order (police & the army). 

  • Wine shop near the school was the subject of most of the dislike cards

  • They associate alcoholism to everything wrong happening around


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From the experience of the previous interaction that kids beings restless, we incorporated data collection methods into their favourite games as a hybrid game. This immediately increased participation among the kids.


We did two activities with the kids - Kabadi with a twist | gender - word/word association

Kabadi with a twist: Understand their understanding of what boys do, boys don't and their view on girls/women.

Word/work association: The objective of the word association cards was to understand what words come up in the kids' minds as soon as they hear “Man” and “Woman”.


The games improved the quality of the data we got. The kids were much more open to talking to us as they formed a bond with us as we played with them.

  • Most kids want to be police officers and army personals

  • Heavily influenced by movies.

  • The boys collectively have a very low opinion about the girls in their class, only the girls in their class, because they feel that the girls always complain about them to their teachers.


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Data collected from Kabaddi game(Question-answer race) led us to dig more into a few questions for more clarity. Hence, we decided to collect group responses for selected questions. This activity could act as a quantitative research method.

We did two activities with the kids - Opinion circle | Story building exercise


Opinion circle: Few questions that needed higher clarity were selected. A big circle with three sections was drawn on the ground. Each section would indicate the options given for the question i.e., A, B, C. When the question was asked, kids clustered into the section that they felt was the correct option.


Story building exercise: We gave them story prompts and asked each of the kid to add a line to the story so it builds up to a complete story. The prompts were  based on the enquiries we had from the last day.