Udbhav: The New Normal For Schools In Sikkim

Every child-friendly school requires appropriate WASH initiatives that keep the school environment clean and free of smells and inhibit the transmission of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites.

In the light of the post COVID scenario a unique initiative “Udbhav” has been launched for school going children in Sikkim on Tuesday.

Every child-friendly school requires appropriate WASH initiatives that keep the school environment clean and free of smells and inhibit the transmission of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites.

Project Udbhav was launched in ten schools of Sikkim with the association of Education Department, Govt. of Sikkim and Alkem Foundation and Sulabh School Sanitation Club, New Delhi. The aim of this project is to ensure that all students continue their studies in a safe and healthy environment.

While launching the campaign at Govt Sec School, Chakung, West Sikkim, the Sikkim’s Education minister Mr Kunga Nima Lepcha said, due to collective efforts of the Sikkim government and its residents, Sikkim is still free from the dangerous coronavirus, but still, Covid-19 has left a great impact on the social and mental life of the students.

Mr G.P Upadhay, Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department Govt of, Sikkim said that under this project four Covid Resource Centers are being opened in four schools of Sikkim.

The effort will be to train students and teachers on implementing physical distancing and school hygiene practices and also promote hygienic practices at all levels and for all staff of the school system, with an emphasis on handwashing and respiratory etiquette, he added.

MLA of Soreng, Mr Aditya Golay Tamang, was of the view that this programme shall focus on the development of life skills and the mobilization and involvement of teachers, students, parents, communities, governments and institutions to work together to improve hygiene, water and sanitation conditions in the identified schools of Sikkim.

Mr Rupak Roy Choudhury, National Coordinator, Sulabh Wash in School Program opined that it’s time to plan and prepare for the immediate future and Project Udbhav would try to harp on the fact that schooling is not equivalent to merely learning, but encompasses a social space, a social process, to learn to live, think and act for one’s self and the collective good.

Sharing plan of this campaign Mr Roy Choudhary said that about 400 students and 100 teachers are going to be trained under Project Udbhav. The project would provide school leaders with clear guidance to establish procedures if students or staff become unwell.

Project Udbhav shall encourage the use of hand sanitiser, emphasize the importance of proper use of cloth masks and accordingly vending machines that can dispense masks, sanitisers and napkins are also being installed in some schools of Sikkim.

About 250 students and teachers from West Sikkim participated in this event by adhering to the Covid protocols.

The Hon’ble Member of Parliament Lok Sabha Shri Indra Hang Subba, Shri Ramakant Rai, General Manager of Alkem Labs and other officials of the Sikkim government also attended the programme.

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