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Capacity Building Training held for WASH Champion Teachers

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER

Dehradun, 28 Nov: The ‘Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya’ campaign is being implemented in 20 government schools and one slum in Dehradun by ‘Shri Bhuvneshwari Mahila Ashram’. As part of Capacity Building Training, a day’s Capacity Building Training of the WASH Champion Teachers of 20 urban government schools was organised at a local hotel, here, today.

The WASH Champion teachers are from schools that are supporting the SBSV Dehradun team in implementing all the Software and Hardware Activities. Besides, the WASH Champion teachers, a new teacher also participated. The training began with introducing the SBSV Guidelines of the Government of India and also the SBSV- Dehradun Programmes, thus far. In one of the group exercises with the participating teachers, it was stated that the SBSV project had altered the face of sanitation. The teachers also mentioned that the children had become sensitised on WASH, the attendance had improved and the Bal Swachhta Samiti (BSS) had gained confidence over a period of two and half years in monitoring and implementing the mandates of WASH.

In the section on Challenges, the teachers flagged the issue of lack of a dedicated fund for purchase of cleaning material, employing sweepers and repair of WASH facilities. The teachers also highlighted the need for a proactive role of departments like Education, Urban Development and Nagar Nigam. The teachers also welcomed the idea of introducing a WASH Truck in Dehradun.

Guest of Honour Dr Anand Upadhyaya, Dy Director, Elementary Education, Directorate of Education, appreciated the efforts of the SBMA’s SBSV programme and assured that the Directorate was always eager to help SBMA in its initiative. He also distributed Certificates to the WASH Champion teachers from the 20 government schools. Suresh Balodi, State Manager, Plan India spoke about the scaling up of the SBSV initiative and MHM in other urban government schools and the efforts to include the existing SBSV Schools in Smart City.

The participants included Swagata Kainthola, Project Coordinator, SBSV- Dehradun, Prakash Negi, Pushpa Badoni, Shraddha Bijalwan, Sushil Kumar and Rampal Singh.