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HT-inspired students build toilets in govt schools

gurgaon Updated: Apr 30, 2012 00:32 IST
Divya Sethi

Inspired by HT’s ‘You Read, They Learn’ campaign, students of a private school here constructed toilets at six government schools in rural areas.This will offer a great relief to girl students who refuse to go to schools as there are no sanitation facilities.

The schools were located in different villages of Teekli area. The students of Pathways World School, Aravali, completed the construction activity in two weeks.

“The students of Pathways School have always been involved in community service. This year, inspired by HT’s campaign for education, we decided to construct toilets so that girls studying in government schools have access to hygienic sanitation conditions and are not compelled to leave the school because of this reason,” said Deeksha Kewlani, manager, PR and Corporate Communications.

The students of Pathways World School’s Interact Club, with the support of The Rotary Club of Delhi-Imperial, surveyed government schools in Teekli area and found shocking sanitation facilities. The schools didn’t have clean toilets, which left the girl students with no option but to urinate in the open. They also found that parents were hesitant in sending their daughters to schools because of these infrastructure flaws.

The students raised funds and started the cleanliness work at both the sites. Five toilets were constructed with tiles. A cemented water tank was also constructed for safe drinking water. A beatification drive was launched, broken doors and windows were repaired, walls were whitewashed and doors and windows were painted.

The students did the work in six different villages. The schools are — Government Middle School in Aklimpur, Government Girl’s Primary School in Teekli, Government Middle School in Baans, Government Middle School in Raisheena, Government Middle School in Hariyahera and Gyan Shakti School in Ansals Aravali Retreat.

Apart from constructing the toilets, the students placed platforms around trees, repaired the boundary wall, built a performance stage and a kitchen, donated sports equipment, conducting friendly matches and an athletics meet, planted trees and conducted tuition classes for students.