USAID, Coca Cola and Plan India supported Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya is being implemented in 20 government schools and one Bodyguard Slum in Dehradun by Shri Bhuvneshwari Mahila Ashram.
In the series of Capacity Building Training component, one day Capacity Building Training of the WASH Champion Teachers of 20 urban government schools was organized at Hotel Aketa, Rajpur Road on 28.11.18. The WASH Champion teachers are the identified teachers of these schools who have supporting the SBSV Dehradun team in implementing all the Software and Hardware Activities. Besides, the WASH Champion teachers, one new teacher also participated. The training began with introducing the SBSV Guidelines by the Government of India and also the SBSV- Dehradun Programmes’ so far.
In one of the group exercises with the participating teachers pointed out that the SBSV project by SBMA has beautifully altered the face of sanitation.
The teachers also mentioned that the children have become sensitized towards the WASH, the attendance has improved and the Bal Swachhta Samiti (BSS) have gained confidence over the period of two and half years in monitoring and implementing the mandates of WASH.
In the section of Challenges, the teachers flagged the issue of lack of dedicatted fund for purchase of cleaning material, employing sweepers and repair work of WASH Facilities.
The teachers also highlighted the need of proactive role of concerned departments like Education, Urban Development and Nagar Nigam. The teachers also welcomed the idea of introducing the WASH Truck in Dehradun. The 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 is always eager to help SBMA in this initiative. He also distributed the 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, Rampal Singh.