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Take it Eazy


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Ayer S, Thakore A

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Publisher(s):
NalandaWay Foundation

Abstract:

A  report on the ‘Take it Eazy’ project, launched to help 620,000 disadvantaged teenagers in India destress during the COVID-19 pandemic through stories and art-based activities.

Take it Eazy project was launched to help these 620,000 disadvantaged teenagers destress during the COVID-19 pandemic through stories and art-based activities. It was designed as a 30-day project, one story everyday. To listen to Take it Eazy students gave a missed call to 9266617888. Using IVRS technology, an automated call was placed back to their mobile phones and the story of the day was played. Each story was under 6 minutes and was a humorous audio drama involving Pavitra, a 15 year old girl, her mischievous younger brother Darshan and Mala akka, the friendly neighbour.

That year there were over 900,000 students who were taking their 10th std state board exams (public examination) in Tamil Nadu, India. Out of these, over 620,000 students from poorer backgrounds study in government and aided schools. Facing board exams has always been stressful, and the pandemic had added to their anxiety; students were feeling overwhelmed.

To evaluate the quantitative outcomes of the project, baseline and endline evaluations were conducted with the sample (n=9,728). To collect the data, Short Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale was used. Data gathered from the baseline and the endline was analysed using paired-sample t-test to measure the difference in wellbeing scores of the sample. Scores of each statement on the scale were also compared for a deeper analysis of wellbeing.

There has been a statistically significant increase in the children’s overall wellbeing after the program. Specific improvements can be witnessed in their emotional wellbeing, problem solving ability, improved social relationship and decision-making ability. The findings also showed they continue to feel less optimistic about their future. Many were also worried that they and their teachers could get infected with Coronavirus. Children found the episodes useful and joyful, and reported an increase in gratitude, closeness to others, perseverance and their own problem-solving abilities.



Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Mental Health

Research Purpose: Primary Research

Context: Education

Participant Group: Young People (16-25)

Art Forms: Drama

APA Citation:

Ayer, S. and Thakore, A. (2020). Take it Eazy: A project to help 620,000 teenagers in Tamil Nadu, India, improve their wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Project Evaluation Presentation. NalandaWay Foundation.