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Manjakkudi school bags Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar

The Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School, Manjakkudi (Tiruvarur), Tamil Nadu has been awarded the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar. The award is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India.

The award ceremony will be held on January 21st and the prizes will be given away by the Collector of Tiruvarur district.

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development had launched ‘Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya’ (SBSV) initiative in 2014 to ensure that all schools in India have access to separate functional toilets for boys and girls. The initiative has its emphasis on promoting safe and appropriate hygiene practices in schools and behaviour among children.

To further this goal of cleanliness, the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar was instituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2016 to recognise, inspire and celebrate excellence in sanitation and hygiene practice in schools. The explicit purpose of the awards is to honour schools that have undertaken significant steps towards fulfilling the mandate of the Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign.

Both AIM for Seva and SDET (Swami Dayananda Educational Trust) have been at the forefront on matters relating to health, hygiene and sanitation with respect to educational institutions that is under their purview.

We are in the process of expanding sanitation facilities at the Swami Dayananda Rotary Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Kadalur, Tamil Nadu. To this end, funds are being raised to construct a new toilet block in this educational institution. The total cost of construction of the girls and boys toilet at the Kadalur school is estimated to be Rs. 47 lakh. We are looking to complete the construction by next academic year (June 2019). The construction will commence soon with the girls toilet block, the cost of which is estimated to be Rs. 25 lakh.

Many surveys in the past have indicated that one of the most important reasons for high dropout rates and non-enrolment of girls in rural India is lack of adequate sanitation facilities.

In line with Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, we recently built new toilet blocks in Semmangudi Higher Secondary School, Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu with the help of our well-wishers.

If you would like to contribute to projects that focus on providing clean and hygienic sanitation facilities to children from rural India, please drop in an email to: aimallindiamovement@gmail.com

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