Gangtok, Dec 23 (IPR)
The Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad launched the WASH ( The School Project) in School of Sikkim programme here at Chintan Bhavan today.
During the programme Governor also launched mobile application of WASH.
The launching programme organized by Education department with the support of Alkem Laboratories and Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement. The WASH programme is implemented by Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement with the support of Education department to support the Swachatta Campaign.
The Minister for Education department, Kunga Nima Lepcha, Founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement, Parmabhushan, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak were graced the programme as special guests.
The programme was attended Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, G. P Upadhyaya, officials from Education department, teachers and school children and members of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement.
Addressing the gathering, Governor Ganga Prasad said, “School children are the main driving force of change in their household, society and communities. I hope with the launch of WASH programme in all government schools will make an impact in Sikkim as it was good record in past, where people were imparted with the knowledge of hygienic practices across the country.”
Governor said that students and teachers should be more sensitive towards sanitation, hygiene and water conservation. The issue of sanitation, health and education should be taken up vigorously. He expressed confident that the education department in collaboration with Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement will remain committed to playing a significant role in maintaining proper hygiene, sanitation, water conservation, education etc.
Education Minister, Kunga Nima Lepcha expressed his gratitude to founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement and Parmabhushan, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak for implementing such project in Sikkim.
Earlier, founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak informed that with the launching of WASH in schools it also reduced many diseases related to hygiene. It also improved in enrollment of children in school and the important thing was it influenced hygiene practices in houses, parents and in society. Under WASH programme, it promotes safe and sufficient number of toilets, safe and sufficient amount of water for hand-washing and drinking. Through this programme, Sulabh able to build thousand of toilets across the country mostly in schools and our girl children are benefited on it during menstruation period and ensured easy access of toilet.
Dr. Pathak highlighted the aims and objectives of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement in India and its achievements.
Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, G. P Upadhyaya informed that the department is providing logistic support in reaching out to the schools across the State. The one year project, WASH will be implemented in the schools with an aim at bringing about a behavior change amongst the students by laying stress on sanitation and hygiene practices.
Under Garima Project, two best schools namely; Rangpo Government Senior Secondary School, east Sikkim and Yangsum Government Secondary School, west Sikkim were awarded Best School Award. Likewise, Best Teacher was given to Ambika Dhakal, teacher from Temi Government Senior Secondary School, south Sikkim. Subsequently, five volunteers were also awarded with Best Volunteers.
Earlier, a brief report on WASH in school project was presented by a student member from Sanitation Club, New Delhi.
Governor and other dignitaries witnessed the exhibits stalled by Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement.