Communication Training Programs
If youth were to play the role of change makers they have to be equipped with the right kind of communication skills. A number of training programmes are organized in puppetry, film making, street theatre and song development to engage the students in communicating about key social issues at the community level.

Song development workshop: Bhajans take Laadli's message to Ganesha
Bhajans take Laadli A Song Development Workshop was organized by Population First to come up with peppy hummable numbers which highlight issues of gender bias, discrimination and violence. The Laadli songs developed by the college students are professionally recorded and distributed widely in the community.

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Laadli Antakshari
A Laadli Antakshari was organized on September 12, 2009 for the members of the Maheshwari Yuva Pratishtan. The Antakshari use a creative and fun approach to the subject .The game is based on Hindi film songs with teams of participants taking turns to sing a medley of songs. The issue-based Antakshari was conceptualized by Dr. A.L. Sharada, Programme Director, and PF and executed by Mr. Prem Rawat of the Chetana Musical Troupe.

"SHE CREATES" Film making workshops
In the year 2007 Population first came up with the concept of giving the girl children of Mumbai , who are always suppressed by the patriarchal system, an opportunity to speak out their ,views and opinions through the language of films. So along with MAM movies and Adlabs The project named ‘SHE Creates’ brought together 25 girls from a wide spectra of society from Dharavi slums to students of private schools.viz Apne Aap , Rescue Foundation, Uncle’s Coaching Classes, Learn and Bombay Cambridge School. These girls were given film making workshops by professionals from the film industry and then were required to make a movie on the topic “ What It Feels To be A Girl” The five films so made give us a very good insight into the lives of girls from different social and economic backgrounds.

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Puppetry Workshops
Ganeshotsav in 2010Puppetry is an art that can help in communicating serious issues in an interesting manner and are ideal for a mixed audience.  Puppetry workshops were organized to make the puppets and develop the scripts for the puppet show by the college students. Facilitated by Mobile Crèches the workshops organized in Mumbai were attended by students from Elphinstone college. A number of short scripts with social messages were developed which were performed during the Ganeshotsav celebrations.
In 2013 students from Nirmala Niketan were trained and were given an opportunity to perform at the community level during Ganeshotsav celebrations. Four shows were organised at different Ganesh pandals and more than 600 people were reached. Laadli songs were played and the concept of Laadli Campaign was explained to the devotees before the performance. Communication material on Laadli was distributed after the show.

Theatre workshops by Mr. Manjul Bhardwaj
Theatre of relevance, pursued by Mr. Manjul Bhardwaj, Founder, Experimental Theatre Foundation is a powerful tool that builds the commitment of people to social issues by providing an opportunity to experience and explore alternate perspectives. Theatre workshops with students have resulted in a number of plays. “Laadli” which evolved out of a theatre workshop with students of Sophia college at the launch of the Laadli campaign in 2005 was performed by the ETF foundation members across the country. It has had more than 500 shows between 2005 and 2014 and dealt with gender discrimination and violence in the life cycle of a woman. The play “Beti Bachao” has also evolved from a theatre workshop with NGO representatives and young people which focused on the PCPNDT act  and its various provisions. This play was performed in a number of  locations during Ganeshotsav. A number of theatre workshops are conducted with students under various programmes over the last few years by Mr. Bhardwaj for Population First.
Laadli Bhajan Sandhya

To reach out to the community with appropriate messages on gender discrimination, Population First has been engaged in developing communication material such as posters, banners, street plays, puppet shows through its college based activities. Apart from that Population First collaborated with Mr. Prem Rawat, founder member of ,The Chetana Musical Troupe to pen a few lyrics for Bhajans (devotional songs) infused with messages against gender discrimination, appealing to people to  stop sex selection and violence against women. The Bhajans describe the high status accorded to women in mythology by drawing references to the Goddesses and Devis. They questions why this is not reflected in our present society and use informative placards with facts and figures of the sex ratio and how it is falling due to female foeticide and misuse of technology. The Bhajans were recorded and produced into a CD titled Bhajan Sandhya which is widely disseminated during Ganeshotsav celebrations. Live performance of bhajans by the Chetna Musical Troupe was organized at:

  • Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal - Mumbai Central
  • Tulsiwadi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal- Tardeo    
  • Khernagar Ganeshotsav Mandal - Bandra      
  • Kanjurmarg Ganeshotsav Mandal - Kanjurmarg (E)     
  • Shree Sai Dham Anand Sansthan - Thane   
  • Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samiti -Thane
Wall News Paper Workshop on the Theme of Gender Issues
Wall news papers are an important way of engaging the youth in gender issues as it highlights and analyses the current events from a gender perspective. A gender sensitization and wall newspaper making workshop for 70 students of Elphinstone College was organized on December 9, 2012 under the Change Makers Club programme.

UDAAN - pragati ki oar ek kadam
Dr. Sharada with the KidsPopulation First organized a theatre workshop for youth of the slum community from Bandra east and Dharavi to create awareness about all kinds of gender discrimination so that they in turn could influence people of these areas, encourage women to raise their voice against discrimination, and they, themselves prevent domestic violence, sex selection etc. The workshop was a five day workshop conducted by Mr. Manjul Bharadwaj ( of ETF). 25 students participated in the workshop. There were sessions on how to what is gender discrimination, how to identify these esp. domestic violence, child sex abuse, what steps to be taken, how to counsel others etc. Then all these concepts were worked out through the medium of theatre. The whole project was named UDAAN.
The two groups thus trained perform at various communities and platforms
Gender Sensitization Workshop at Observation Home,Dongri
Population First conducted 2 days Gender Sensitization workshop on 31 July and 1 August 2014 for around 40 boys in the age group of 12 to 16 years who are lodged in the Observation Home at Dongri. The workshop was facilitated by Experimental Theatre Personality Mr. Manjul Bhardwaj and Dr. Sharada, Director of Population First. This was an eye opener for the children as they started the session in a very defiant manner and at the end of the workshop they were so effected that they were in tears and very keen to change.
Question Everything Campaign at Jai Hind College
Sexual Harassment Prohibition Committee of Jai Hind College in collaboration with Population First organized “QUESTION EVERYTHING CAMPAIGN” on 20 August 2014. There were around 150 students present at the AV Room. The session was inaugurated by Ms Suneeta Rao who gave a very inspiring speech.1 Minute Movies were then shown to the students followed by interactive session with the felicitators from Population First. The students had also prepared posters on Sexual Harassment and best 3 posters were awarded prizes.

(Please contact us If you wish to organize or sponsor any of the above workshops in schools and colleges)