Governor launches WASH

Gangtok, 23 Dec [IPR]: Governor Ganga Prasad launched WASH [Water, Sanitation and Hygiene] project in Sikkim at a special function held here at Chintan Bhavan today.

During the programme, the Governor also launched the WASH mobile application.

This is the second initiative of Sulabh International in Sikkim’s schools following the success of installing sanitary napkin vending machines in 20 government schools across the State.

The launch programme was 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.

Education Minister Kunga Nima Lepcha, founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak were present as special guests.

The programme was also attended Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, GP Upadhyaya, officials from the department, teachers and students and members of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement.

Addressing the gathering, the Governor said, “School children are the main driving force of change in their household, society and communities. I hope 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.”

The 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 confidence 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.

The Education Minister expressed gratitude towards Dr Pathak for implementing such project in Sikkim.

Earlier, the founder of Sulabh Sanitation informed that WASH has helped reduce incidence of diseases related to hygiene, improved enrollment and influenced hygienic practices at homes.

The WASH programme promotes safe and sufficient number of toilets, safe and sufficient amount of water for hand-washing and drinking.

The Additional Chief Secretary informed that the department was providing logistic support in reaching out to schools across the State. The one year project will be implemented with the aim to bring about a behavior change among students by laying stress on sanitation and hygiene practices.

Under Garima Project, two schools, namely Rangpo Government Senior Secondary School, and Yangsum Government Secondary School, West Sikkim were awarded Best School Award.

Likewise, Best Teacher award was given to Ambika Dhakal of Temi Government Senior Secondary School. Five volunteers were also conferred Best Volunteers awards.

Earlier, a brief report on WASH in School project was presented by a student member from Sanitation Club, New Delhi.