KIT 5: UNDERSTANDING CHANGE
There has been a great deal of change in human society and in the relationships that human beings have developed - with one another, with other forms of life,
and with the natural environment. It is only by UNDERSTANDING these CHANGES and their impact that we can learn to deal with them and to create
the kind of society that we want.
A recurring motif in all Sangati kits is the idea that things have kept changing – whether it is the Earth that changed from a mass of gases to a planet
supporting and sustaining millions of life forms, or human society that changed from a nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to the industrialized societies
of today. In fact things are changing at an even faster pace today; the theme for kit 5 is, therefore, ‘Understanding Change’.
This module attempts to help learners understand some important concepts about change - that change may be of different kinds, that one change often leads
to many more, that a change we bring about may have unanticipated consequences, etc. - and explores some of the most important changes affecting the learners
and the world around them at present - the changes related to growing up, changing social realities, our changing attitudes today, etc. These changes are
explored at three levels – at the individual or family level; changes in society; and changes in the natural environment.
Having explored these different facets of change, two sessions are devoted to the assessment of the changes that have happened in our country since Independence.
The idea of progress is also introduced, leading to the question: Has India really progressed? When can we be sure that change is truly progress?
The last few sessions reinforce the message that all of us need to be aware of change and learn to deal with it positively – not just in the sense of coping
with changing circumstances but also by becoming initiators of changes that will benefit everyone for generations to come.
A special feature of this kit is the Kites of Change made by children as part of a craft activity. Since each session unravels a different facet of the concept
of change, a card describing that aspect is added to the appropriate kite. Thus at the end of the sessions a collectively created visual aid for summing up is
Extract: Session 8 - Life in the city