|The Urban Concrete Jungle Poster|
Some of the typical urban problems include:
- Overcrowding and lack of adequate living space.
- Large number of vehicles, air and noise pollution, and road accidents.
- Water scarcity.
- Sewage and sanitation problems.
- Garbage and waste management issues (including huge amounts of land being used as land-fills).
- Flies, mosquitoes and diseases.
- Migrant human populations living in slums in very poor living conditions.
- Large number of homeless people living on the streets.
- Factories, smoke, and pollution.
- Sad plight of both domestic animals (like cows) and wild animals (like monkeys).
If this is done in a smaller town/rural area, ask he children to describe any city that they have visited. Which ones? What were the highlights of their visit? What things did they find attractive? If this activity is done with city children then they can describe their own city or any city other than their own city.
Divide the blackboard into 2 columns; one column for the good things of the city, the positives, the other column for the negative aspects. In the positive column, jot down the main/common points of the children’s responses.
Form groups and ask the children to study the poster of the urban concrete jungle closely. Tell them to try and list out the problems of the city in their notebooks. After 15 minutes get the different groups to read out their responses. Jot these down in the second column (the negative aspects of the city) on the blackboard. Towards the end of the class, revisit the issues in both columns, which show the two faces of the city. Ask children to suggest appropriate headings for these two columns