Handbook – Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya

Question for Mains - Examine the role of National Human Resource Development towards fulfilling Gandhiji’s dream of Swachh Bharat by promoting behavioural change in school children so that they become agents of change in the society.

Giving a call to the Nation on 15th August 2014, the Prime Minister of India announced that “all schools in the country should have toilets with separate toilets for girls and that this target should be completed within one year”.

To fulfil this very initiative/vision, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani released a “Handbook on Swachh Bharat – Swachh Vidyalaya” in New Delhi today which will encourage maintenance of hygiene and cleanliness in all schools across the country. The Handbook elaborates that a Swachh Vidyalaya should have neatness and orderliness, clean   drinking water spaces, clean toilets and tidy classrooms and compounds. Several good practices from many States have been captured in the Handbook as exemplarto be emulated by children and schools. The Handbook speaks to students, teachers, parents and school management members in order to make them  realise Gandhiji’s dream of Swachh Bharat in their very own Vidyalayas and to make an ideal Swachh Vidyalaya inspired by Gandhiji’s pronouncement – “Be the change you wish to see in the world”

Inspired by Gandhiji’s pronouncement – “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, the Handbook aims at promoting behavioural change in school children so that they become agents of change in the   society.

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