Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) practices are vital to providing tangible and quantifiable benefits to children in schools as well as adding to the overall quality of life by harbouring a sense of convenience, well-being, dignity, privacy and safety. Access to water and sanitation is a key development indicator contributing to health and learning outcomes.
SwachhPathashala -Swachh Telangana Programme:: C & DSE & Ex-Officio PD, Telangana State :: Proc.Rc.No.3897 /TSSA/MIS/T7 /2017 Dated:OS/ 10/2017 :: Sub:- TSSA, Hyderabad – MIS – SwachhPathashala -Swachh Telangana Programme – Instructions – Reg.
The attention of all the District Educational Officers & Ex-Officio District Project Officers in the State is invited to the subject read above and they are instructed to follow the guidelines given below for implementation of the “SwachhPathashala -Swachh Telangana Day” in all schools in the State.
The “SwachhPathashala – Swachh Telangana programme” should be implemented on last Saturday of every month. If the last Saturday happens to be a holiday, then the last working day preceding the last Saturday is to be implemented as the “SwachhPathashala -Swachh Telangana Day”
SwachhPathashala -Swachh Telangana Day Activities
The following activities to be taken up on the “SwachhPathashala -Swachh Telangana Day”
1. Awareness on Personal Hygiene. Awareness on Hand wash.
2. Cleanliness and neat maintenance of class rooms and school premises.
3. Cleaning the approaches to Toilets and Class rooms.
4. Cleaning and maintenance of Toilets and class premises in hygienic condition with the help of person engaged for sanitation.
5. Cleaning of Debrises and bushes from the school premises.
6. Cleaning of the Kitchen and Water tank etc.,
7. Uploading of programmes conducted at school level in website.
The DEOs & E.O DPOs are directed to inform the MEOs and complex Head Masters, School Head Masters to follow the instructions and conduct “SwachhPathashala – Swachh Telangana Day” on last Saturday of every month by involving HMs, Teachers, Students, SMC/PRI members, parents and local NGOs etc., during the post lunch session i.e., 2.00 PM to 4.30 PM.
Further, informed that conduct meetings with heads of welfare schools i.e., Tribal welfare, Social Welfare, BC Welfare, Minority welfare and Private unaided schools managements on “SwachhPathashala – Swachh Telangana Day”programme and explain about importance of the programme.
The action taken report in this regard is to be submitted to the C&DSE& EO SPD before 5th of the next month along with the photographs. The DEOs &· EO DPOs are further instructed to implement the above guidelines not only on the programme day but also inculcate the habit of maintaining personal hygiene and clean class rooms & School premises.
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Poor water quality and sanitation situation causes diarrhoea, the second biggest cause of death in children under five years of age. Each day approximately 2000 children die in India as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.
Schools are nodes for disease transmission. Unsafe schools pose risks for the health and development of children and adolescents. Conditions such as lack of access to safe water, proper sanitary facilities and hygiene behavior such as hand washing have important implications for the health and education of children, especially girls. Stunting of children is now directly attributed to unsafe sanitation situation and exposure to disease causing pathogens. Poor health and nutrition among children reduce their time in school and therefore learning, affecting education outcomes.
1. Telangana state has about 28 lakh school-going children in Government Schools. These children need sustainable access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities all round the year. To achieve this, schools need to be WASH friendly and Headmasters/ teachers play a major role in planning a good WASH programme and in inculcating safe hygiene behaviors among students.
2. Swachh Patashala programme aims at enhancing provision of WASH services to children especially girls and disadvantaged on a sustained basis and create awareness and promote good behavior among key stakeholder group. The programme also aims at enhancing institutional capacity for sustaining service delivery in schools.
3. This workshop aims to orient Headmasters and other resource persons with knowledge on essential elements of Swachh Patashala. This resource pool will in turn train key stakeholders to scale up WASH programme in schools across the State of Telangana.
Expected outcomes of the workshop
1. Gain knowledge on good WASH in School Programme – Why, What and How?
2. Gain better understanding on how to prepare, implement and sustain school level action plan for WASH on a mission mode.