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NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives

The ‘swachh’ efforts undertaken by students and teachers of Dulsulma Middle School in the Palamu district of Jharkhand have been commended by NITI Aayog as it sets an example of cleanliness before many other schools in the state

NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives

New Delhi: Students and teachers of a government school in the remote area of Satbarwa block of Palamu district in Jharkhand recently caught the attention of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) for undertaking innovative efforts towards cleanliness and sanitation. While appreciating the Dulsulma Middle School, NITI Aayog shared on its Twitter handle, “Clean as well as healthy. The method adopted by Dulsulma Middle School is very good and is like a mass movement for the advanced future of the district.” According to Deputy Commissioner of Palamu, Shantanu Kumar Agarhari, the school gained prominence and the attention of NITI Aayog when a senior teacher, who has now retired, uploaded the pictures of some innovations and experiments being done in the school on social media. He said,

The Palamu district administration appreciates the efforts for a clean and good education at Dulsulma Middle School. Being recognised at the national level and getting a citation by NITI Aayog is a matter of pride for the whole district. I hope other schools too would learn from this school and do the same.

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While talking to NDTV about the achievement of the school, headmistress of the school, Anita Bhengra said that it took about 20 years for her and her colleagues to bring a change in the attitude of the parents and children with the help of whom, the school has been able to develop on the lines of a private school. She said,

This is a great encouragement for all of the students, current and past, teachers and the people of Palamu. It is the result of their effort and their will to change for the better. I am thankful to NITI Aayog that has noticed us.

The school which was upgraded from primary to middle school a few years ago, currently has 157 enrolled children.

What Made Jharkhand’s Dulsulma Middle School A Role Model For Other Schools?

According to Ms. Bhengra, personal hygiene and cleanliness was the biggest problem in the school 20 years ago when she became the headmistress of the school because it was deprived of basic WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities for a long time and also there was a lack of awareness among the people in the area. Therefore, soon after taking the office, 20 years ago, she along with her colleagues started focusing on making children aware about the importance of bathing, cutting nails, and handwashing. She said,

Earlier, the students, most of whom belonged to underprivileged families of farm labourers and construction workers, had no knowledge about keeping themselves clean. We taught them about personal hygiene and sanitation and helped them develop the habit of washing hands. Over the years, we have conducted numerous workshops and handwash demonstrations during the morning assembly. Along with this, every morning we check all students’ nails, uniform and hair. In case we find them dirty, we send a note to the parents and ask them to ensure cleanliness and hygiene at all cost.

NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives

The school has been focusing on inculcating the habit of handwashing among children

Gradually, the school constructed separate toilets for girls and boys and got a handwashing area in place. The school has also employed technology to keep waste generation low by installing an incinerator for disposing off the used sanitary pads.

NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives

An incinerator has been installed in the campus to help girls in disposing off the used sanitary pads

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Now, the school also has special arrangements for the differently-abled students, keeping in view of their seating and toilet needs. Apart from this, the school has developed gardens and organises tree-plantation drive in the neighbourhood regularly. Ms. Bhengra proudly asserts,

Hundreds of trees have been planted by students in and around the school. They take care of the trees and even help in maintaining the school garden.

Ms. Bhengra highlighted that a students’ body called ‘Bal Sansad’ (Students’ Parliament) has been formed by the school that has been made in charge of maintaining cleanliness in the school and report to the principal if there is any infrastructural issue like the malfunctioning of taps or toilets. Chandani Kumari, student of class seven who holds the position of Sports Minister in the Students’ Parliament said,

We are the future citizens of the nation and it is our responsibility to keep our surroundings neat and clean. We are taught that a clean and healthy mind lies in a clean body and obviously we need to take care of our school, house and neighbourhood along with our bodies in order to truly be clean. As part of the ‘bal sansad’ and as a senior student in our school, we volunteer our time to help the younger students in learning the school syllabus as well as in helping them use school toilet, wash hands and contribute in cleaning the school.

NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives

Dulsulma Middle School has become a role model for other schools in the Palamu district of Jharkhand

The school is also conserving water through rainwater harvesting structure and is also using solar energy to run the motor to draw the groundwater.

As the school gets a special mention from NITI Aayog on its Twitter handle, Masudi Tudu, the deputy superintendent of education of Palamu dedicated the accolade to the Ms. Bhengar. He said,

Constant efforts from her and her team of teachers and students have transformed the school. It is a matter of pride for all of us that a small school from our small district has been recognised at the national level by the national think tank.

He further added that the district education department will be rewarding the school for its efforts and other schools will be asked to implement innovative measures like Dulsulma Middle School.

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3,35,48,605Recovered
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Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,33,49,378 and 49,43,602 have died; 20,48,57,171 are active cases and 3,35,48,605 have recovered as on October 24, 2021 at 3:48 am.

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In India, there are 3,41,75,468 confirmed cases including 4,54,269 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,72,594 and 3,35,48,605 have recovered as on October 24, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,01,551 1,701

27,634 113

64,33,919 1,781

1,39,998 33

Kerala

49,06,793 8,909

81,155 335

47,97,409 8,780

28,229 464

Karnataka

29,85,598 371

8,943 23

29,38,653 341

38,002 7

Tamil Nadu

26,94,089 1,140

13,280 251

26,44,805 1,374

36,004 17

Andhra Pradesh

20,63,177 396

5,222 176

20,43,616 566

14,339 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,082 13

94 9

16,87,089 4

22,899

West Bengal

15,85,466 974

7,731 154

15,58,690 808

19,045 12

Delhi

14,39,566 40

334 6

14,14,141 46

25,091

Odisha

10,37,964 441

4,152 45

10,25,507 482

8,305 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,827 28

230 16

9,92,025 12

13,572

Rajasthan

9,54,400 4

32 0

9,45,414 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,402 24

168 3

8,16,147 21

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,740 11

79 1

7,82,138 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,141 8

115 7

7,60,977 15

10,049

Bihar

7,26,054 9

36 6

7,16,357 3

9,661

Telangana

6,70,139 207

3,984 21

6,62,209 184

3,946 2

Assam

6,08,450 324

3,968 102

5,98,515 219

5,967 3

Punjab

6,02,189 26

231 1

5,85,407 25

16,551

Jharkhand

3,48,592 30

202 19

3,43,255 11

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,815 16

169 3

3,36,248 13

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,566 72

862 8

3,26,275 80

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,569 257

1,578 95

2,17,257 161

3,734 1

Goa

1,77,852 33

574 26

1,73,920 58

3,358 1

Puducherry

1,27,674 53

457 3

1,25,362 48

1,855 2

Manipur

1,23,229 122

961 55

1,20,361 67

1,907

Mizoram

1,17,261 572

8,943 693

1,07,911 1,258

407 7

Tripura

84,384 8

101 3

83,467 5

816

Meghalaya

83,322 53

695 3

81,184 56

1,443

Chandigarh

65,321 1

27 1

64,474 2

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,089 14

142 1

54,667 13

280

Sikkim

31,868 26

195 12

31,279 13

394 1

Nagaland

31,707 18

250 5

30,778 12

679 1

Ladakh

20,899 3

38 2

20,653 5

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,679

4 0

10,671

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,648 2

8 2

7,511

129

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