New Delhi, Nov 28 (IBNS) Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister M M Pallam Raju on Wednesday said children need to develop hygiene and sanitation habits in their formative years.
Raju said awareness generation on sanitation and hygiene issues among school children, teachers and parents can help create behavioral change within the society.
He was speaking at the launch of ´Waves Of Change´ programme and conferment of the First National School Sanitation Awards in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Emphasing on the need to 'catch them young', the Minister said personal hygiene and environmental sanitation will help students develop good habits in their formative years.
He said by including sanitation, health and hygiene as part of the curriculum, sustainability can be ensured.
Hoping that more and more schools will participate in the ´Waves Of Change´ programme and focus on health, hygiene and sanitation, he called the initiative a red- letter day in the history of school education in India.
Event Brand Ambassador and yesteryear cricketer K Srikkanth drew analogy of life with cricket, saying: "Whenever you are positive in your approach, you put opposition on the backfoot."
He told students to study with fun and joy, and be a sport.
Raju also gave away the first-ever National School Sanitation Awards to the top 102 schools that have come forward to get their online School Sanitation rating.
The Awardee schools have been rated in green, blue and yellow colours.
On this occasion, the children who had assembled took a 'Sanitation Pledge', and books and posters on the theme were released.
The logo of ´Waves Of Change´ was also unveiled.
The ´Waves Of Change´ programme aims at facilitating the holistic development of the mind, body and soul, learning by doing and encourages the multiple intelligences and capabilities of a student.
CBSE is spearheading the programme in collaboration with National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) and GIZ under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development.