Guidelines for implementation of Swachh Patashala- WASH in Schools Programme in all schoolsSchool Education Department, Telangana has adopted a three pronged approach to the implementation of Water, Sanitation ad Hygiene Programme in Schools - (i) Provision of infrastructural facilities, (ii) Provision for Operation and Maintenance and (iii) Behavioural change in all stakeholders, focussing on Users-i.e., Children.
As all the schools are provided with toilets, it is now important to concentrate on the Operations and Maintenance of the facilities and to bring positive change in behaviour of all the stakeholders, including users, i.e., children. With this objective, orientation is given to all the headmasters in the state.
Objectives of the Swachh Patashala Programme:
To operate, maintain and upkeep all the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities in school
To develop positive behaviours about health and sanitation.
To translate the knowledge into ACTION.
Composition of Child Cabinet
1. Prime Minister
2. Sports & Cultural Minister and a sub-committee
3. Health Minister and a sub-committee
4. Education And Environment Minister and a sub-committee
5. Food Minister and a sub-committee
Responsibilities of Child Cabinet
i) Prime Minister calls for meetings and monitors activities of all Ministers.
ii) Health Minister, with the help of his/her sub-committee:
a. Monitors personal hygiene of all students everyday
b. Monitors hand washing activity using soap at critical times for all the students
c. Should create awareness in the school and community on communicable diseases - mode of transmission, prevention and treatment.
d. Monitors proper storage and safe handling of water.
iii) Sports & Cultural Minister, with the help of his/her sub-committee:
a. Monitors sports and cultural activities of the school
b. Is responsible for preserving sports materials
c. Checks regularly, the height and weight of students
d. Coordinates for conduct of bala sabhas.
e. Motivates children in participation in co curricular activities and helps teachers in conduct of various activities.
iv) Education and Environment Minister with the help of his/her sub-committee:
a. Preserving the TLM, Library Books etc. and also monitor the uses of Library Books by the students.
b. Coordinates for conduct of subject clubs and subject wise activities.
c. Monitors gardening activities.
d. Proper disposal of waste- utilisation of dustbins in the classrooms, and maintaining clean school premises.
e. Arranges and implements a compost pit.
f. Advocates for conservation of energy- switching off lights and fans when not in use, turning off taps after usage, coordinate for repairs of leaking taps etc.
v) Food Minister and her/his sub-committee:
a. Monitors whether cooks and food handling staff wash hands with soap before handling food – cooking and serving
b. Monitors MDM and checks if cooked meals are covered properly
c. Monitors whether cooking and serving utensils used in Mid Day Meal are washed properly
d. Monitors cleanliness of the kitchen shed and kitchen garden if available.