Gangtok, 23 Dec (IPR): Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad launched the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project and Mobile Application in a programme held at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok today.
The launching programme organized by Education department with the support of Alkem Laboratories and Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement was also attended by Hon’ble Minister for Education, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Additional Chief Secretary, Shri G.P. Upadhyaya, Sulabh Sanitation Group, Founder and Padmabhusan Awardee, Shri B. Pathak, principals, teachers and students.
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.” He remarked.
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 Padmabhushan, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak for implementing such project in Sikkim.The Minister expressed pride in the fact that Sikkim is leading the effort in the nations’ cleanliness drive.
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.
Earlier, Dr. Pathak highlighted the aims and objectives of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement in India and its achievements.
He informed that the cleanliness and sanitation drive which introduced the 2 pit Pour-Flush toilet has led to prevention of open defecation and safety and dignity of women who are going out to toilet. It also helps in providing cheap toilets in schools and rural areas.
Under Garima Project, two best schools namely; Rangpo Government Senior Secondary School, East Sikkim and Yangsum Government Secondary School, West Sikkim were awarded Best Schools. Likewise, Best Teacher was awarded to Ambika Dhakal from Temi Government Senior Secondary School, South Sikkim. Subsequently, five volunteers were also awarded with Best Volunteers.
The programme also saw felicitation to the Hon’ble Governor, Hon’ble Minister and Additional Chief Secretary by Dr. Pathak.
WASH which stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is a project launched in association with Alkem Labratories and Education Department, Government of Sikkim, aims at bringing a behaviour change amongst the students by laying stress on sanitation and hygiene practices. The project also aims to bring about transformative changes related to water, sanitation, hygiene projects in schools and to ensure privacy and dignity for students especially girls. It believes that better health will lead to improved attendance and better student performance.