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The swachh way of learning in Rajasthan: B for bath, C for cleaning, D for dustbin

Children in 300 primary schools are no longer learning ‘A for apple’ or ‘B for ball’. Now, it’s A for abuse, B for bath, C for cleaning and D for dustbin.

jaipur Updated: Jul 30, 2017 18:57 IST
Sohail Khan
Primary school children in Rajasthan are learning a new set of words in  Hindi and English alphabet  with pictures and names of different articles related to the importance of sanitation.
Primary school children in Rajasthan are learning a new set of words in Hindi and English alphabet with pictures and names of different articles related to the importance of sanitation.(HT Photo.)

Children in 300 primary schools are no longer learning ‘A for apple’ or ‘B for ball’. Now, it’s A for abuse, B for bath, C for cleaning and D for dustbin.

In order to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship cleanliness programme, Swachh Bharat Mission, a success, the Udaipur administration, along with a private firm, has initiated a cleanliness awareness drive and roped in school children for the pilot project.

Under the campaign, a new set of words with the corresponding Hindi and English alphabet has been developed containing pictures and names of different articles related to the importance of sanitation. Like, ‘Ka’ stands for Kachara and so on each alphabet with a symbol of a material having significance in keeping the surroundings clean.

The campaign has been conceptualised by a UK-based organization, Wells for India.

New games containing messages and slogans related to cleanliness had also been distributed to students which will help them to understand the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in life.

OP Sharma country, head of the organization, said, “We are a UK-based organisation working on spreading a message of cleanliness in the country. We are supporting the Prime Minister’s flagship programme and creating innovative ideas to promote the initiative.”

“The idea of developing Hindi and English alphabets around sanitation is to develop good hygiene and sanitation practices among students. The Hindi alphabets Ka se Kachra, Kha se Khad, Ga se Gandagi will encourage the students to not only think about these words but also act according to them in their lives,” Sharma said.

He added that they want to add value to SBM and want to support the government in not only achieving the physical targets but also long-term behavioural change.

“The Swatchta alphabets are an attempt towards developing alphabets with which children can relate and can learn and practice what they have learnt,” Sharma added.

The campaign was launched by Udaipur district collector Bishnu Caharan Mallick on Thursday and the learning material has been distributed among the students on Friday.

“This is a pilot project and the innovative education material will be used in almost 300 primary schools (state government) of the district. We will take feedback from the students and monitor them. If the response is positive, we will then replicate this in other government schools,” said zila parishad CEO Avichal Chaturvedi.