WATERWISE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN OF INDIA
H2Ooooh! is truly a unique project! It is our aim to encourage Indian youngsters of ages 5 – 14 years, to creatively contribute to highlight global water issues. Our purpose is to help increase awareness about its limited availability, its sustainable use, its conservation, its exploitation and much more. We want to enable the students to share their own experiences and proposals for the protection of the environment.
A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT THE PROJECT
This initiative was initially conceived in Italy, through the efforts and creativity of UNESCO – Vienna Office, Gruppo Alcuni and RAI Fiction (Italian National TV). The primary reason for this project was to increase public awareness – particularly amongst the youth aged 6 – 14 years – on themes related to water issues.
AIM OF THE PROJECT
Through this project, we intend to develop a series of animated cartoon videos, focussing on the issue of water conservation and its sustainable use. After providing training to selected students, the storyboards of the cartoon shall be selected, and converted into an animated film.
PHASE - I
October & November 2020
WHAT WAS PHASE-I ALL ABOUT?
Post school registration, students of Std 1-8 viewed videos in English and Hindi (translated by UNESCO – New Delhi Office). This was followed by class discussions using DoWs (Drops of Water) – a resource for teachers on various water-related topics relating to the videos. It ended with a quiz based on the video seen, class discussions, key takeaways etc. Each class viewed 5 videos. (Watch a video to see how The Punjab Public School, Nabha conducted Phase I at their school).
PHASE - II
January - March 2021
WHAT DID THE STUDENTS DO IN PHASE - II?
Students from Std. 4-8 from regsitered schools, who had taken part in Phase I were invited to participate in the Qualifier Round, and then submit their art to analyze their creativity.
Selected students were then invited to register for the training and competition round. Online Training was provided by Vizdem – an online learning platform of Toonz Media Group.
Stories were invited from students for a new animated film with the theme involving water, of which the best were selected. The selected film shall be released on World Water Day – March 22, 2021.
WHAT WAS COVERED IN ONLINE TRAINING CLASSES?
Online classes were held via Zoom from January 11 – 15, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. each day.
Day 1 – Introduction to Animation Film Making
Day 2 – Developing your own Story
Day 3 – Techniques of Drawing for Animation
Day 4 – Character Designs and Storyboarding
Day 5 – Concept Development & Case Study on a Live Project
And the Winners Are…
HEAR FROM THE WINNING STUDENTS
Hear the winners talk about their experiences, their key takeaways, their journey for last six months.
Creative Award Winners
SPECIALLY ABLED STUDENTS
8 specially-abled students attended the Training classes as 'USO Special Invitees' and submitted their stories. We are proud to encourage 'inclusiveness'.
The following are the winners
LETTER RECEIVED FROM MR. K.V.S. RAO
Creative Award Winners
H2Ooooh was a great experience for me. I learnt many things from this workshop. Joining this workshop even opened up a new career choice for me that I hadn’t even thought about. I never thought that I would enjoy creating a story or character. It was fun too! My favourite session was the character designing session. I would like to tell that this was a great opportunity for me and I enjoyed it.
H2Ooooh animation classes were a great opportunity to learn how to make stories in a good way. I learnt how to make storyboards, how to draw characters for a story from different angles, how large should be the area of any storyboard and many more informative things. The sessions were well interactive and engaging, we were supposed to make a story of our own after the sessions came to an end. We were given enough time to explore our creativity and imagination and then compose the story. I liked all the sessions and my overall experience was wonderful.
Let’s Hear From the Teachers
Congratulations.....I am happy to see the way this program is carried forward. The initiative is so pious and well managed.
It was a wonderful experience working with you on this project, and we look forward to doing many more together. Please keep us in the loop whenever a project is planned.
Our school really appreciates the time that you took out to guide us on our kids innovations. Thank you!
Grand congratulations to the Team USO for conducting such a wonderful event so gracefully and training the future generations so well to deeal with the global and local issues. The real purpose of education is perfectly attained.