Encouraged by the response it got from students in rural areas, UNICEF and Assam government on Wednesday decided to bring more government schools under the initiative of ‘washing hands with soap before having the Mid-day Meals’.
The decision was taken after a high-level team consisting of Assam government’s Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) Mission, and UNICEF visited rural primary schools in Kamrup district to review the ‘Group hand washing with soap before Mid-Day meals’ programme.
“We visited Sajjanpara Lower Primary School under Rani Block and Dahali Lower Primary School under Rampur block in Kamrup district to review the progress of WASH programme initiated two years ago.
“So far we have covered 100 schools and plan to scale it up to 320 more government schools,” Tushar Rane, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF said in a release in New Delhi.
These are being implemented as a part of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in schools initiative.
Harkirat Singh, Managing Director, Woodland was also part of the team.
The company’s Corporate Social Responsibility wing ‘Proplanet’ has been supporting WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in schools programme of UNICEF since 2011 and has raised over Rs 1.25 crore for it.
“UNICEF has been a strong partner in our sustainability initiative ‘ProPlanet’ and both of us have worked together over the last few years. We have nurtured a community of ProPlaneteers who are concerned about the environment and through them, we have touched the lives of many vulnerable communities,” Singh said.
UNICEF said the corporate partnership has helped to reach out to over 20,000 children across the country over the past three years and sets the way forward for similar corporate engagement initiatives supporting access to safe drinking water and sanitation for children in schools.