AROH, Aditya Birla Capital Foundation transforms sanitation scenario of govt schools
Aditya Birla Capital Foundation – Investments in school sanitation and hygiene have long been known to improve learning environments, allowing for higher attendance and student retention rates. When girl pupils’ unique demands for sufficiency and privacy are met, the effects are especially noticeable among them. Data from the Modi administration show that Uttar Pradesh has the lowest attendance rates for girls in pre-primary school, at 22.7%, and for girls in classes 11 and 12, at 64.5%. This depressing situation is made worse by the fact that Uttar Pradesh received the lowest overall performance score (36.4%) in a report on “School Education Quality Index” published by the government think tank Niti Aayog.
Although poor child attendance, low academic achievement, and poor health are widespread issues in Uttar Pradesh, the situation for girls is far worse. It’s critical to understand and differentiate between the needs of boys and girls, kids in various age groups, and those with physical disabilities. The lack of basic amenities like access to restrooms and water in schools and the sluggish infrastructure were the main causes of this startling vacuum.
A leading national NGO, AROH Foundation, launched a School Sanitation Drive in collaboration with the Aditya Birla Capital Foundation in response to these gaps and with the knowledge that providing schools with adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) ensures conferring benefits related to increased school attendance and performance, health, and gender equality, and subsequently a better future for the country. To raise awareness of hygiene and sanitation issues and to instil a long-lasting behavioural shift in the public, a comprehensive behavioural training programme was launched.
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Deepika, a student in the 12th grade, experienced nausea and dizziness. She occasionally had to take a leave of absence from school because it was so bad. This always happened to Deepika while she was a student at Janta Inter College in Yakubpur, Uttar Pradesh, and she had to stop herself from using the restroom. She wasn’t the only person with this specific set of issues. Her ailment was not brought on by a virus or food poisoning. It was caused by her school’s lack of a restroom. The school was placed under intervention, and a facility with a toilet and running water was built there. Deepika tells the tale of change, saying, “When we had to go to the bathroom, we wouldn’t go because we were terrified.
In order to provide 25773 school students (including 12552 boys and 2341 girls) and about 350 school staff with safe drinking water units, school sanitation units, and a strategic thought process towards a healthy and hygienic lifestyle, the project has made enormous strides toward its ambitious goals. Some of the concrete accomplishments that are noted as milestones include an increase in student retention and attendance, particularly among girls, of about 8–9%, higher learning outcomes, and teaching eco systems thanks to passionate and alive teachers and students. Facilities for water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools have produced an environment that is supportive of children’s dignity, safety, and academic attendance, safeguarding both their future and the future of the country.