Message From Our Leaders - Rotary WinS India Secretary
Member Secretary, Rotary India WASH in Schools
Member, Rotary International WASH in Schools Committee
District Governor, Rotary International District 3010 (2012-13)
It is an exciting time for Rotary in India. The WASH in Schools Target Challenge is now our flagship program. Rotary in India has been actively engaged in implementing WASH in the Government schools across India for last one year in fulfilment of our commitment to provide basic but sustainable water and gender specific sanitation facilities & promote healthy hygiene practices through life skill based activities in 20,000 government schools in India over two years.
In the past one year, considerable progress has been made in over 9000 schools. With the intervention of Rotary, a large number of schools now have improved gender segregated sanitation, group handwashing and safe drinking water facilities. A large number of Rotarians and their partners in service have been trained and sensitized on Swachh Vidyalaya and on the use of behavior change methodologies. They are now engaged in training teachers, school management committees, child cabinets, parents and students on handwashing, operation and maintenance, MHM and good hygiene practices to make the program sustainable.
To celebrate the achievements of our past year and to showcase the some of the excellent works being done by Rotary clubs across India, Rotary India and UNICEF are jointly organizing a national level advocacy workshop on Sept 30 and Oct.1 2016 at New Delhi. We look forward to the presence of Governor, Governor Elect & WinS Coordinator from every District in India to this important event. As I conclude, let me remind you that Rotary led the Polio eradication movement and created a global image. But there is yet another opportunity to maintain that leadership, through WASH in Schools Target Challenge, and accept the challenge to change the lives of millions of children by improving the quality of education through this unique program of Rotary. Are we ready for the challenge?