INDORE: Living true to the spirit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of providing “Pehle shauchalay, phir devalay (toilet first, temple later), Daly College is making efforts to ensure that girls’ education is not hit due to lack of toilets. On Tuesday, it handed over a newly-constructed washroom with toilets for girls to Government Vivekananda Adarsh High School.
“A survey by The Daly College students revealed that the drop-out rate among girls had gone high in schools because of absence of hygienic washrooms or their insufficient number. Bad condition of toilets in schools was forcing girls to go home in the midst of classes. Many were also forced to play truant due to lack of toilets. Campaign to construct toilets in schools was hence launched last year following the initiatives taken by students,”said principal Sumer Singh.
“Rs 6.5 lakh has been funded by the school for toilet construction. Construction of toilets is likely to be over in eight schools by the end of the year,” added Singh. “Service wing of De Montfort University (DMU) in England is also supporting us for the noble cause. DMU global manager Rachel Josshop and teacher manager of Square Mile programme Mark Charlton were the chief guest at the function held to handover the toilets to school,” said dean (International) Sarita Badhwar.
Living true to the spirit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of providing “Pehle shauchalay, phir devalay (toilet first, temple later) The Daly College on Tuesday handed over washrooms for girls at Government Vivekananda Adarsh High School. The campaign for constructing toilets for girls is underway for last one year by the DC at different under privileged schools.
Dean (Internationalism of the school) Sarita Badhwar said, “Taking ahead the mission to empowering girls, principal Sumer Singh took an initiative to build toilets at under privileged schools to prevent girls from dropping-out for lack of toilets.”
This project is strongly supported by service wing of De Montfort University in England therefore on Tuesday; Global Manager DMU, Rachel Josshop and teacher manager of square mile, Mark Charlton was invited as the chief guest who handed over the eighth washroom to the Govt. Vivekananda Adharsh H.S. School, Indore along with student of DMU, Jennifer.
Thus the decision of ‘Girls Washroom Project’ was undertaken by Daly College students. “According to our principal, his main objective of serving society is to sensitise students toward the community service and gain first-hand information to problems faced by the under privileged. Therefore keeping in mind we thought of doing a survey in 10 schools of Indore regarding the basic sanitary requirements in schools,” added Badhwar.
In survey, the DC students found that because of the absence of hygienic washrooms or their insufficient number had pushed up the drop-out rate of girls. In most of the government schools, there is no provision for maintenance of washrooms, which results unhygienic atmosphere and inconvenience to girls. “Bad condition of toilets in schools were forcing girls to go home in the midst of school session, while it was found that 25% washrooms were blocked and not in workable condition,” said Principal Daly College, Sumer Singh adding that 50% of girls were not allowed to use the washroom when needed.
Singh added, “Rs. 6.5 lakh has been funded by the school.” He added that the students of the school played a major role in raising funds through card sale, cake sale, fete etc. “And we are likely to complete toilets in eight schools at the cost of Rs. 1.5 lakh by the end of the year,” he added. (Times of India, 20 August 2014)
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NEW DELHI: IndiaCSR (www.indiacsr.in , India’s Largest CSR News Network) has also decided to participate in Prime Minister’s Clean India Mission and announced a national level forum – India Sanitation Summit 2015 with the theme of ‘Sanitation for All-Toilet First’.
It is expected to attract more than 50 experts and 300 delegates from across the globe. The main aim of the summit is to develop strategies to widen sanitation coverage for India. “The summit will be an extraordinary opportunity for the exchange of information, ideas and know-how with well-known experts on sanitation, women empowerment, education and toilet-related topics.
IndiaCSR welcomes likeminded philanthropist, thought leaders and organization, UN agencies, NGOs, local bodies, town planners and policy makers be become a partners and sponsors.
Various corporate have decided to be an active participant of Visionary Prime Minister Shri Narendra Midi’s Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Initiative) to improve rural sanitation environment and toilet facilities for students in schools. Stressing on ‘dignity of women’, Prime on August 15 asked Parliamentarians and the corporate sector to help build separate toilets for girls in schools across the country by next year.
To help India harness its demographic dividend and support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India campaign that was announced on the occasion of India’s Independence Day, Tata Consultancy Services, Bharti Foundation, Hindustan Zinc and IDBI Bank announced that it would finance hygienic sanitation facilities for girl students various schools in the country.
It is worth mentioning that Swachh Bharat Mission, announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on August 15, 2014 is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birth Anniversary and aims at tackling sanitation and waste management issues in the country.
According to estimates, 2.6bn people around the world lack access to a hygienic toilet. The United Nations hopes to halve this figure by 2015 as part of its millennium development goals. In India alone, more than 700 million people have no access to toilets which have proper waste disposal systems.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Toilet
Prime Minister called on the corporate sector to help in building toilets in schools under their Corporate Social Responsibility projects under priority programme. It is worth mentioning that, with the implementation of the new company law from April 1, 2014 India has become the only country in the world with legislated corporate social responsibility (CSR) and a spending threshold of up to Rs 15,000 crore a yearly.
The new law mandates that all companies, including foreign firms, with a minimum net worth of Rs 500 crore, turnover of Rs 1,000 crore and net profit of at least Rs 5 crore, spend at least two percent of their profit on CSR. Works carried out by corporate in the area of toilet building is very much part of social welfare spending activity of Scheduled- VII of Section 135 (the CSR Rule) under new companies law. Sensation and Rural Development is priority area of Scheduled-VII.
30 Speakers, 300 Participants
The India Sanitation Summit involves some of the most reputable and competent national and world renowned speakers from government and private sectors, research agencies, innovators, social and though leaders dealing in sanitation and toiletries industries in the country. There will be 30 speakers and 300 participants projected in these 2 days exclusive summit. The Summit would provide a forum to initiate a dialogue and enlighten the delegates on various issues related to sanitation, toilet movement, woman empowerment, women dignity and girl child education etc.
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