Swachhta Pakhwada in all Schools 2020 (Cleanliness Drive Program). As you are aware, the Department of School Education & Literacy has been observing Swachhta Pakhwada every year from 2016 onwards in coordination with the State Governments and UT administrations. I would like to place on record our appreciation for the excellent work done by the States and UTS every year in making Swachhta Pakhwada of this Department, a successful mass movement involving nearly 100 million children and other functionaries besides members of the community.
Cleanliness, Sanitation and Hygiene drive in All Schools, Cleanliness fortnight in Schools. As per the Calendar of Swachhta Pakhwada for the year 2019 circulated by Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India and Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation (DDWS), Govt. of India, the Swachhta Pakhwada for this Department is from 1st to 15th September 2019.
For observing the Swachhta Pakhwada in a befitting manner for focused participation resulting in cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene drive and other related activities in schools with the active involvement of students, teachers and community, the schools/ institutions may be instructed to undertake the following suggested participatory activities during this period:
✤ Swachhata Shapath may be organized by all schools and Educational Institutions wherein all students and teachers staff may participate.
✤ Holding a meeting of SMC /PTAS or between parents and teachers in the first week of the Pakhwada to highlight the importance of cleanliness and sanitation among children and teachers, and to encourage and inspire them to continue with the good practices for hygiene and sanitation in school as well as home.
✤ Teachers to inspect sanitary facilities in every school/institution and make a proposal plan for repair and upkeep of the facilities, if required.
✤ Competitions can be held in districts/blocks/clusters for clean and well-maintained premises and toilets in schools
✤ Essay/Quiz competition for students on Cleanliness and Hygiene practices in school.
✤ Painting competition for students, teachers, and parents
✤ Debates on Swachhata.
✤ Swachhta awareness messages to be posted on the website of the Organisation schools. Alternatively, photographs on Swachhata may be displayed in schools
Besides the above participatory activities, the following activities may also be undertaken by the teachers and administration of the schools:
✦ Weeding out/ recording of the old files records as per the procedure
✦ All kinds of waste material like broken furniture, unusable equipment, defunct vehicles, etc. should be completely removed from the premises of school institutions and disposed of as per the procedure.
✦ Teachers and students in association with a local representative should propagate the theme of the Pakhwada among citizen in nearby areas
Further, in order to give impetus to the programme and create mass awareness, it is requested that the following activities may be undertaken at the State level:
❁ Audiovisual program/lEC material to be created to motivate students employees and others on Swachhta and water conservation
❁ Electronic banners may be created and uploaded on the departmental state web portals to highlight the observance of the Pakhwada. Publicity and awareness generation may be done through the use of social media, as well as electronic and print media
❁ The increased focus may be given on community participation for the Swachhata Abhiyan in schools institutions and schools may also be involved in undertaking cleanliness and awareness drives in nearby areas.
❁ Songs on Swachh Bharat may be disseminated
❁ Student Ambassadors may be nominated for focusing on Swachhata during the Pakhwada
Suggested Action plan for Swachhta Pakhwada, 2019 (1 to 15 September 2019) is enclosed. You are accordingly requested to take necessary action and issue necessary instructions to district authorities, the schools/ educational institutions, so as to ensure participation of students, teachers, parents, local people, and representative, etc., wholeheartedly in the Swachhata Pakhwada during 1-15 September 2019 and make the Swachhata Pakhwada successful.
You are requested to kindly intimate the number of schools and students participated in the Pakhwada, activity-wise in your State/UT to this Department Photographs, video films, etc. together with highlights of each day of the Pakhwada may be uploaded on the Google tracker (Data) and Google Drive (Photos, Videos, and Pictures). The details of Google tracker and drive also will be forwarded separately for uploading details of activities and photographs on a daily basis.
The best performing State/UTs/Organisations may also be given prizes based on their participation in the Swachhta Pakhwada.