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PHED, DoE embarks on sanitation initiative
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Published on 3 Dec. 2009 12:21 AM IST
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For the first time in Nagaland, Sulabh international Social service organization in collaboration with PHED and School Education Department is conducting a participatory workshop in school sanitation, hygiene and life skill based education in districts of Dimapur and Kohima. The workshop was chaired by engineer Kevisekho Kruse, Executive Director, Communication & Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) PHED and inaugurated by Zhaleo Rio, IAS Secretary to the government of Nagaland PHED as chief guest with professor Tripathi Pro VC Sulabh Academy of Sanitation, New Delhi as special guest. Speaking on the occasion Professor Tripathi highlighted the importance of hand washing practice in schools of Nagaland. Citing the sample survey conducted by UNICEF and UNDP in 2006 in some districts in Nagaland he said there were poor sanitation conditions prevailing in government schools and domestic households in the state. He expressed confidence that PHED and other line agencies would do their part to make ‘Sanitation for All’ a reality by the year 2012. He also assured all kinds of expertise and technological help to the government of Nagaland in their effort of making Solid waste management an important agenda. The chief guest Zhaleo Rio in his address spoke on the need for creating total awareness on sanitation by class teachers and faculty members and said there could no complacency in this regard. He said that so far there was 41% coverage of school toilets and asked all to become ambassadors of sanitation. An essay competition for school students on ‘Sanitation is the foundation for health, dignity and development’ was also announced where the first prize would be Rs 10,000 for and the last date for submission was December 10. Speaking to this reporter, CCUD PHED executive director Engineer Kevisekho Kruse said that that workshop would address the various vital issues connected with sanitation in schools and give a new impetus to the ‘Total Sanitation Campaign’ even as the movement was moving towards 100% open defecation free villages in the whole country by 2012 and 100% sanitation coverage in schools and Anganwadi centres by 2010. Stating that PHED took over construction of school toilets in existing schools during 2006-07, he said all new schools constructed by School education department would have toilets constructed with the building programme. He said the cost of each school toilet was working out to be Rs 20,000 at the rate of 1 toilet per 80-100 students and 1 urinal for 40 students. He stressed that all toilets would be child friendly and have hand washing facilities. The Sulabh International Social Service organization was founded by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak in 1970 and is one of the best known NGOs working for restoration of human rights and human dignity, working extensively in the sanitation sector in both India and abroad. The workshop was conducted by Sulabh School Sanitation club, New Delhi in Association with PHE department and School Education department and supported by department of drinking water supply MoRD, government of Nagaland 50 students from 10 schools participated in the workshop with total attendance of over 200, including Sulabh trainees’ heads of schools, PHED and school education department officials. The workshop will continue in Kohima with 25 schools till December 5. The inaugural function, Tuesday, held at GHSS Dimapur began with an invocation prayer by Asa Khate, Principal, Greenwood HSS, a welcome address by Kekosie Angami, DEO Dimapur followed by a short speech by R Amongla Jamir, Principal, Govt High School, Dimapur.

 
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