The Flourish books aim to inculcate values, teach life skills, and impart social-emotional learning. Therefore, due focus has been given to making the content as inclusive as possible. Further, we’ve created an Inclusivity Index to map and gauge the inclusive nature of the books. The Inclusivity Index for Book 7 has been given below. For more details about the framework, click here.
Analysis of the Stories
|Story Name||Minority Religion||Characters with Disability||Class Diversity||Gender Diversity||Breaking Stereotypes||Values Covered|
|Chuskit Goes to School!||Yes||Yes||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Empathy, Respecting Others, Critical and Creative Thinking, Goal-setting, Perseverance|
|Welcome To The Forest||Yes||Yes||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Understanding the Environment, Empathy|
|Kali Wants To Dance||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Perseverance, Resilience, Goal-setting|
|I Know My Rights||NA||NA||NA||NA||★★★★||Resilience, Self-awareness, Motivation, Leadership|
|A Tale Of Self Belief||No||No||NA||★★★★||★★★★||Self-confidence, Self-belief, Friendship, Kindness, Resilience|
|Zootopia – The Movie (2016)||NA||NA||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Self-identity, Uniqueness|
|Counting on Moru||NA||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Self-confidence, Empathy, Creative Problem-solving|
|Chipko Takes Root||Yes||Yes||No||★★★★||★★★★||Resilience, Understanding the Environment, Non-violence, Leadership|
|Malala Yousafzai||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Resilience, Perseverance, Leadership, Inspiration, Social Justice|
Analysis of the Exercises
The exercises and worksheets in this book open up the childrens’ minds and provide them with tools to acknowledge and understand people who are marginalised in the society—disabled persons, dalits, bahujans,, adivasis, and their culture/ aspirations. The exercises manage to do this through small activities that encourage the children to connect the dots themselves and think creatively and critically to arrive at conclusions, put themselves in someone else’s shoes, and also through snippets of interesting information. There are both individual and group activities.
Overview of the Book
All the 7 stories in the book are written by females. In the book, 7 protagonists are females and 2 are males. The stories cover a wide range of values with a special focus on resilience, leadership and empathy exhibited by the female protagonists. In 4 of the stories, either the protagonist or a side character are shown to have disabilities. Stories such as ‘Chuskit Goes to School!’ and ‘Welcome to the Forest’ have protagonists who have disabilities. These stories showcase their aspirations and how they achieve their goals by exhibiting creativity, empathy and perseverance. None of the stories is reinforcing any stereotype, gender role, or expectation defined by society. ‘Malala Yousafzai’ is the real-life story of a young girl who stands up for herself and her rights to obtain education through her perseverance, courage, and leadership. ‘Kali Wants to Dance’ is the story of a Dalit boy who comes from the marginalised section of society, and how his passion and hard work takes him places. The book overall promotes peace and equality for males and females, regardless of their race, class, disability, religion, sexual preference, or ethnic background. According to the WHO Gender Responsive Assessment Scale, the book is gender-transformative.