Ranchi, Dec 3: Government of Jharkhand awarded 119 schools with Mukhyamantri Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (MSVP). The award function was held on 3rd December 2020 at Project Building, Dhurwa in Ranchi in presence of the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Hemant Soren.
The Chief Minister appreciated these 119 schools for their outstanding performance. These schools were selected through a rigorous process and verified by BIT Mesra. UNICEF supported in developing the MSVP app, capacity building of teachers and supported in validating the results.
During this programme, Banna Gupta, Minister, Dept of Family & Health Welfare; Sukhdev Singh, Chief Secretary, GoJ; Development Commissioner; Secretary, Department of Family & Health Welfare; Rahul Sharma, Secretary Dept Of SE&L; Shailesh Kumar Chaurasiya, State Project Director Dept. Of SE&L; Prasanta Dash, Chief Field Office UNICEF were present along with teachers, school children and SMC members who shared their experiences.
During the programme five AE/JEs trained on Water Quality testing in schools by FTK kit were also given certificates by the Chief Minister, Hemant Soren. He also awarded achievers of JAC/CBSE/ICSE Board and students under Akansha with laptop and certificates and inaugurated Digi School and Learnytic 2.0 with formal launching of Vidhyalaya Swasth Programme of the state.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the programme and addressed the crowd by congratulating all the schools, children and teachers who achieved success this year under MSVP, Akansha programme and in JAC/CBSE/ICSE board exam results. He said, “It is a proud moment for all of us here in Jharkhand as we have moved one step forward to provide a clean and healthy learning environment to children in schools.”
He further said that Mukhyamantri Swachh Vidhyalaya Puraskar is a good way to motivate schools to improve the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities in schools by awarding the best performing schools. He mentioned that keeping in mind the COVID-19 emergency situation, the awards are given to the limited nine schools on this platform and assured that the remaining 110 best performing schools will be awarded at district level with the same honour. Jharkhand government is committed to ensure better sanitation & hygiene facilities in schools, so that children could get a better environment in schools. As schools are the epicentre of creating gems for the future, Jharkhand govt is committed to provide a better learning environment in schools, so that all children could achieve their potential and better opportunity in life. Jharkhand will ensure no children should stop their higher education due to financial and other hurdles. Many steps are being taken in this regard. I wish all the best to the students, teachers and schools facilitated today for their great performances and achievements.”
Rahul Sharma, Secretary Dept. Of SE&L talked about Mukhyamantri Swachh Vidhyalaya Puraskar in the state in detail. He shared that total of 119 schools have been selected under nine different categories to receive the state level awards. The MSVP awards are given in two categories – rural and urban where more schools are taken from rural category. Under these two categories also, there are categories of class I-V, I-VIII, VI-VIII, I-X, I-XII, VI-X, VI-XII, IX-XII, Special Category School, Residential School and Private School. The award money for the wining schools of I TO V is 50,000/- in rural areas and 1,00,000/- in urban areas, for I TO VIII & VI TO VIII is 75,000/- for rural and 1,50,000/- for urban. In I – X, I-XII, VI -XII & IX-XII prize money is 1,00,000/- in rural and 2,00,000/- in urban; for special categories it is 2,00,000/-, for residential schools is 2,00,000/- and for private schools is 2,00,000/-.
Prasanta Dash, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Jharkhand said, “MSVP in 2019-2020 received an overwhelming response in the state compared to the previous year as the participation increased from 20164 in SVP 2017-18 to 44441 in MSVP 2019-20. Under MSVP 2019-20, 928 schools came in five-star category, 5668 schools in four star-category, 27951 in three-star category, 6917 schools in two-star category and 2977 schools in one-star category.”
Dash added, “In the absence of menstrual hygiene management, adolescent girls prefer to skip school leading to absenteeism. Taking forward the existing efforts, the state is in the process to develop its own MHM scheme to ensure safe and secure menstrual hygiene facilities and knowledge dissemination among adolescent girls in schools to reduce their drop-out rate at onset of adolescence. Efforts are also being taken for capacity building of other stakeholders at schools like child cabinets, SMC members under the SVSB programme of the state to improvise WASH facilities in schools.”
At the event, IEC package on WASH in schools, documentary on MSVP and success story compendium prepared through support of UNICEF was also launched on the occasion of State level Award ceremony. The AE/JE of education dept. who received training on water quality testing in schools were also given certificates. On this platform teachers and children also got the opportunity to present their experiences in short about the facility improvement in schools.