Most of the schools in India especially the schools in rural districts don’t have the basic facilities of boundary, clean drinking water and toilet. The students have to get education in open area and no roof still has been provided (in rural schools especially).
Many organizations are working to provide the schools some facilities and they have done well. Now! A new drive is launched by the dual partnership of leading hygiene product maker Kimberley-Clark and charities air foundation India. In the drive, 100 toilets would be made in schools and rural child health centres in four Indian states. The basic aim behind this initiative is to provide the facility to schools and to lower the dropout rate of girls from schools due to the absence of toilets.
The four states that have been selected are Delhi, Telangana, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The name of the initiative is “Toilets change lives” and this will also strengthen the cleaning drive started by the Prime Minister Modi to clean the India.
Achal Agarwal, the president of Kimberley- Clark, Asia pacific region said that sanitation is linked to nature of their business and their company has developed multi country programs “toilet changes live” in response to the sanitation crisis that exists in the world. She added that her company provided to sanitation for masses in Latin America, Africa and India.
She said that in India “swachh bhart” campaign led to change the situation and toilet have been built in many schools, however, the company will try to work on toilets that are unusable.
According to her, the company’s main focus is the school toilets that are concerned with the attendance of children and quality of education.
In India, 600 million don’t have the toilet facility and due to the defecation in open, many issues have been raised. According to the studies on education sector, the dysfunctional and absence, of toilets in Indian schools greatly impact the attendance in schools. In India, as per estimate 4 out of 10 schools have no usable toilet.
The studies suggest that with the clean toilet facility, the drop our rate girls can be brought down to 11 %, which 23 % is, till now. The government role is crucial here as just starting the campaigns and convincing the parent to send children to school will not help unless you would not work on the actual issues.
Due to this non availability of toilets in India, hygiene issues have caught the society in various diseases and social disorders have been emerged. The first priority of the government must be to at least give the public, proper place for defecation so that they could be called respectable citizens.