Jamshedpur, August 22: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has taken initiative to create awareness about sanitation and to maintain proper hygiene among school students during their Swachhta Pakhwada from 16-31st August 2018.
HPCL signed a MoU with a Jamshedpur based nonprofit organization, Relearn Foundation (RELF), for organizing the awareness campaign named �Swachta hi kevalam (Cleanliness Only)� in ten schools. On 21st August, 2018, the program was organized at the Kerala Public School (KPS), Golmuri.
The same program was organized at NML-Kerala Public Project School (KPPS), Agrico on 16th August, DAV Public school on 18th August and Kerala Public Project School (KPPS), Kadma on 20th August. The forthcoming program will be at Jamshedpur Public School (JPS), Baridih on 23rd August 2018 from 7 am to 9 am.
The main objective of this campaign is to create awareness about the cleanliness among school students of Jamshedpur. School students should have clear understanding about it and the action they should take to maintain proper sanitation in schools, in the communities and at homes and also pay attention to their personal hygiene.
The campaign was conducted in four sessions which included Pledge, Lecture, Activity and Demonstration (PLAD). It primarily started with Swachhta pledge of the “Swachh Bharat Mission” taken by the students to safeguard the clean environment.
The program was preceded by an enlightening speech delivered by a renowned Scientist of CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory(NML) and social entrepreneur, Dr. Mita Tarafder, Chief Scientist, Research Planning and Business Development (RPBD) Division. This was further succeeded by the fun filled activities performed by students of class III to VIII.The activities included preparation of Plastic bag balls & green garbage bags with taglines, poster making and drawing related to sanitation, hygiene, waste management.
A skit (nukkad natak) was also performed by the students on the same topic. The prime importance was to give emphasis on hand wash before eating and after using toilet as suggested by the UNICEF.
Demonstration of composter for efficient management of kitchen waste was also done by Ms Sudipta Ghosh, an environment enthusiast. The areas of focus were (i) know your water (KYW) (ii) Know your toilets (KYT) (iii) Know your waste (KYW) and (IV) Plastic waste awareness. These morals taught to the students of STD IX who are called Master Trainers are later to be passed onto the students of STD III to STD VIII. The events are organized in such a way that senior school students (Master Trainers) can deliver this program regularly in schools. Around 600 students participated in this campaign.