Swatcha Pakwada: Action Plan for Swachhata Pakhwada (1-15 September, 2022)

Swatcha Pakwada: As you are aware, this Department has been observing Swachhata Pakhwada every year since 2016 in all the schools of the country. With the exemplary support of the States & UTS and Autonomous organizations of Ministry of Education (MoE). Swachhata Pakhwada of this Department has become a successful mass movement with the annual participation of millions of children and other functionaries besides members of the community. Role of the schools in ushering in a Clean India has been recognized at the top most levels of the Government

2 As per the Calendar of Swachhata Pakhwada for the year 2022 circulated by Cabinet Secretariat and Ministry of Jal Shakti, (Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation), Government of India the Swachhata Pakhwada for this Department is scheduled from 1- 15th September, 2022. This year also, like previous two years, the threat of Covid-19 is still around in our life and at the same time, observance of Swachhta Pakhwada acquires added meaning this year also as proper sanitation and hygiene are considered among the best defenses against Covid 19. Hence, the focus will be on awareness regarding Covid 19, the safety protocols and Covid appropriate behavior

3. Swachhata Pakhwada may be observed ensuring focused participation of students, teachers and community (including SMC/ SMDC, Gram Panchayats! ULBS etc) with an aim to promote Covid related preparedness among the school community in the immediate instance and to achieve cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene in schools in the long term. As Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet. Swachhata Pakhwada 2022 activities may be focused on three major precautionary practices, i.e. (i) Hand-washing. (ii) Use of Mask and (i) Social Distancing; and on 3 Ts (Trace, Testing and Treat). To observe Swachhata Pakhwada in a befitting manner, the schools/ institutions may be instructed to undertake the following suggested participatory activities during 1"15" September, 2022, strictly keeping in view the Covid-19 protocols laid down by the Government

(1) Swachhata Shapath may be organised in all schools and educational institutions. (with sufficient physical distancing considering the common space or in the concerned class rooms) Holding meeting (in small groups) of SMCs/SMDCs/PTAs or between parents and teachers in the first week of the Pakhwada to highlight the importance of cleanliness & sanitation and importance of Hand-washing. Use of Mask & Social Distancing among children and teachers; and to encourage and inspire them to continue with the good practices for hygiene and sanitation in school as well as home.

(ii) Teachers to inspect water and sanitary facilities in every school/ institution, do a quick assessment of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and make proposal/plan for repair and upkeep of the facilities, if required. (iv) Competitions for COVID safe, clean and well-maintained premises and toilets in schools. (V) Painting/Essay/Quiz/Slogan writing/model making competition for students on cleanliness and hygiene practices in school and COVID responsive behaviour.

(vi)Swachhata awareness messages to be posted on the website of the Organisation/Schools/State. School Education Department. Alternatively. photographs on Swachhata may be displayed in schools (vii) All teachers and school heads may complete the online training module provided on DIKSHA in English and Hindi on WASH related precautions for School, if they have not done so yet

Suggested Action Plan for Swachhata Pakhwada (1-15 September, 2022)

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