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  • TERI conducts workshop on ‘School Health and Hygiene Programme’ in Sonepat to create awareness on the Yamuna Action Plan – II’

    15 September 2008

    The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI organised a workshop for the media stakeholders in town to educate about their initiative on ‘School Health and Hygiene Programme - Public Participation & Awareness component of Yamuna Action Plan – II’ with support from the Public Health Department (PWD, Water Supply and Sanitation Division), Govt. of Haryana and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

    This school education programme on health, hygiene, and sanitation was launched in Gurgaon, Panipat and Sonepat. As an institute, TERI has dedicated itself to the task of creating an informed citizenry through children, as they are important stakeholders that hold the key to the future decision-making processes. The 3-year programme was initiated in more than 20 schools in these towns in October 2006 with the following objectives:

    - To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices towards health, hygiene, and sanitation in schools
    - To educate students on related problems
    - To build the capacity of students and school staff on related issues
    - To encourage the general public to follow the example of schoolchildren in adopting better health, hygiene, and sanitation practices

    Expressing her views on such an initiative by the institute, Ms Ranjana Saikia, Fellow & Area Convener, TERI said, “Our focus for this programme is to promote health, hygiene and sanitation at the school level through awareness generation and participation of multidisciplinary stakeholders”.

    The project focuses on awareness and education on various issues concerning school health and hygiene like safe drinking water facility, provision of clean, safe and separate toilets for girls and boys, adequate dustbins for solid waste segregation at source. Programme was also aimed at studying the gaps in the health services provided-regular health checkups and referral services, immunization programme. Various activities include:

    - Waste segregation at school level
    - implementing the 3Rs of waste management (reduction, reuse, and recycling) at the school level
    - Vermicomposting
    - Water purification
    - Water conservation
    - Awareness on personal hygiene and sanitation through competitions and other hands-on activities

    In the second year of the programme, new schools were involved making total of approximately more than 50 schools in the town. Apart from organizing orientation and sensitization workshops for the students and teachers a KAP (knowledge, attitudes and practices) survey on hand wash was conducted for principals, teachers and students.

    Also for regular monitoring of the school activities related to health and hygiene, a school monitoring chart is developed and is placed in all the schools. This chart helps TERI to take up the corrective actions through the activities wherever required.