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 8 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|
|The Magic Powder||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Importance of Hard Work, Perseverance|
|Mission Cycle||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Resilience, Perseverance, Empathy, Problem-solving|
|A Cloud Of Trash||No||No||No||★★★★||★★★★||Problem-solving, Empathy, Understanding the Environment|
|Rahul And The Watchman||No||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Self-awareness, Self-confidence, Overcoming Challenges, Goal-setting|
|The Case Of The Missing Water||No||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Resilience, Perseverance, Empathy, Problem-solving|
|Inside Out – The Movie (2015)||NA||NA||NA||★★★★||★★★★||Understanding Emotions, Interpersonal Relationships, Self-Management|
|Tine And The Faraway Mountain||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Understanding the Environment, Perseverance, Resilience, Leadership, Motivation, Inspiration, Goal-setting|
|The Mystery Of The Cyber Friend||No||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Importance of Cyber Security, Self-Management|
|Mary Kom||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Motivation, Inspiration, Resilience, Decision-making, Leadership, Goal-setting|
|The Auto That Flew||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Self-awareness, Understanding Emotions, Gratitude|
Analysis of the Exercises
The exercises in this book primarily focus on developing writing abilities through various activities, and grammar such as verbs. The exercises manage to do this through individual and group activities, and fact snippets. The activities use a variety of methods that even extend beyond the classroom and the pages of the book, and focus on self-management, health and well-being, environment and topics from around the world. Some of the themes highlighted in the exercises are superstition, understanding laws, mental health and suicide, expressing and managing emotions, practising kindness, knowing about sustainable goals, cyber cromes, Olympics, etc.
Overview of the Book
Out of the 7 stories of the book, 4 are written by females and 3 by males authors. In the stories, 6 protagonists are females, and 4 are males. None of the protagonists or supporting characters has a disability. The book captures stories across a wide variety of topics and touches upon subversive stories that are usually unknown in mainstream content creation. The stories and exercises do not shy away from addressing sensitive themes and do so with certain compassion and keeping the target group in mind. ‘The Magic Powder’ highlights names, culture and practices of the North-East, similarly, ‘Mission Cycle’ portrays Kashmir and the ongoing conflict and effect it has on the people living there. Both these narratives are often missing and there is little dialogue created especially with children. ‘Rahul and the Watchman’ is a revolutionary story that talks about suicide and the importance of mental health in a normalized manner and ways to overcome and manage the same. ‘The Mystery of the Cyber Friend’ depicts a new-age story of addressing the impact of the internet and the caution with which children need to approach it. Additionally, ‘Tine and the Faraway Mountain’ and ‘Mary Kom’ depict resilient women from the North-East that excel in their fields and achieve multiple milestones through hard work and perseverance. Thus, the themes outlined through the stories and exercises in Book 8 constantly tries to push boundaries, highlight difficult themes in an empathetic manner, and creates important dialogues through bold narratives. 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.