'School health and hygiene programme' under Yamuna Action Plan (phase-2)

TERI, with support from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Public Works Department (W/S and sanitation departments), Government of Haryana, initiated the 'School health and hygiene programme' under the Yamuna Action Plan (phase 2). This school
education programme on health, hygiene, and sanitation was launched in Gurgaon, Sonepat, and Panipat.

The three-year programme was initiated in more than 15 schools in these towns on 6 October 2006 with the following objectives.
To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices towards health, hygiene, and sanitation in schools
To educate students on related problems
To build the capacity of students and school staff on related issues
To encourage the general public to follow the example of school children in adopting better health, hygiene, and sanitation practices

The following issues will be addressed through this programme.
Drinking water facility
Provision for clean, safe, and separate toilets for girls and boys
Adequate dustbins
Regular and active immunization programmes
Regular health checkups and referral services
Management of solid waste at the school level
Initiatives for water conservation and collection techniques

All this will be achieved through regular activities with the members of the eco- club of the targeted schools. The various activities include.
Waste segregation at school level
Implementing the 3Rs of waste management (reduction, reuse, and recycling) at the school level
Water purification
Water conservation
Awareness on personal hygiene and sanitation through competitions and other hands-on activities