Articles by Valentina Gazzola

Valentina works with CMCA, a 19-year-old non-profit and pioneer in citizenship and life skills education in India. CMCA is a volunteer-driven organisation and has offices in 10 cities across India. If you’d like to become a CMCA volunteer and empower children and youth to become active citizens, get in touch with CMCA at or log on to

‘People have the power’, American singer-songwriter Patti Smith wrote in 1988. It was one of the most powerful rock songs of all times. I think she could not have been more right. People indeed ‘have the power’, sometimes more than they realise, to change things around them and voice their opinion. These are just a few small ways in which you can bring about change. Stop blaming, start acting Those of you, who blamed the government for your city’s or neighbourhood’s problems, raise your hands. Just as I had thought, all of us, at least once in our lives, have…

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