Ranchi: Mukhyamantri Swachh Vidyalaya Awards were launched during a programme organized in Project Bhawan here which
has been instituted by the Government of Jharkhand with UNICEF technical support to recognize government schools that have a set of functioning and well-maintained water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Neera Yadav, Minister of HRD said In 2018, about 2200 schools in Jharkhand were rated as 4 star or 5 star category as per the national standards of the Swachh Vidyalaya Purskar.
The Department of Education has set an ambitious target of bringing 5000 schools to this level in this financial year. The Government has prioritized the construction of toilets at household level. To encourage safe sanitation practice from an early age, there is a crucial need to strengthen systems for social behaviour change communication (SBCC) on hygiene as well as the operation and maintenance
of toilets in schools, she said.
Dr Madhulika Jonathan, Chief of UNICEF Jharkhand said in next three years, UNICEF will focus on those schools which are not ranked or ranked as 1-star, to bring them to the 3-star category as per the national guidelines. UNICEF will support the Department of Education in capacity building, planning and monitoring for enhancing WASH facilities in schools.” Mr AP Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Education said that the Department has prepared a standard operating procedure for
WASH friendly schools with support from UNICEF which will be useful document for all schools.
The Government may allow private schools to apply for these awards soon where 5 best private schools will be selected based on the 39 indicators. The Award will be given to 119 government schools every year in various categories based on 39 indicators such as availability of handwashing units, clean drinking water, Mid-day meal (MDM) shed, soak pit, rain water harvesting facility and dustbins in schools.