Students learn the art of comics for social change

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Students attending the three-day “Comic for Change” workshop at the Ravindra Bhavan Convention Center in Bhopal on Friday | PF

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Picture this, a room full of college students, stroking neat lines on a white sheet of paper with a pencil in one hand and occasionally raising the other to ask questions about how to improve their comic. Such was the scene at the Ravindra Bhavan Convention Center where, a three-day workshop entitled “Comic for Change” is being organized under the joint auspices of the Department of Culture and UNICEF.

Sharing his experiences, Navdeep, a participant from Government Arts and Commerce Naveen College, said, “I used to think that being an artist and sketching is hard work, but this workshop gave me confidence that I can do that too. The workshop on “Sociocultural Change through Comics” had its second day on Friday.

Shuchita, another participant from Sarojini Naidu College said, “I really appreciate this workshop. It helped me learn a lot of things. Of all the social topics discussed here, I liked the one on exclusive breastfeeding, as I think people have a lot of misconceptions about it, which this workshop helped dispel.

Workshop participants are required to create a comic on one of five topics which include, Covid Appropriate Behavior, ODF Plus Village, Back to School, Water Management and Exclusive Breastfeeding.

Shivani Raghuvanshi, a student from Nutan College said, “This workshop has helped me gain knowledge on topics that people are not even ready to discuss. The lecture on exclusive breastfeeding given by Mrs. Pushpa was very informative.

Speaking about the workshop and the enthusiasm of the participants, UNICEF State Consultant Sabir Iqbal told Free Press, “This is our first program that links comics to social change. You can gauge the interest of the participants by the fact that almost 200 students attended this workshop on the first day and we have the same strength even today.

He further added that the comics of the participants will be exhibited in the gallery on the last day of the workshop.


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