State level workshop programme for
“Promoting Clean Schools” under Muzhu Sugadhara Tamizhagam

“Muzhu Sugadhara Tamizhagam” is a campaign of the Government of Tamilnadu to promote cleanliness, health and hygiene. A key feature of the campaign is to ensure that every school in Tamilnadu has a set of functioning and well maintained water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools refer to a combination of technical and human development components that are necessary to produce a healthy school environment and to develop or support appropriate health and hygiene behaviours. The technical components include drinking water, hand washing, toilet and soap facilities in the school compound for use by children and teachers. School sanitation and hygiene depend on a process of capacity enhancement of Teachers, Community members, School Management Committees (SMCs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Education Administrators.

UNICEF is a partner with the Government for implementation of Clean India and Clean Schools. In order to promote clean schools in Tamil Nadu, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has organized two days State Level Workshop programme in coordination with UNICEF for orienting the Chief Educational Officers, Additional Chief Educational Officers and District Elementary Educational Officers of all districts on 03.07.2015 and 04.07.2015 at Hotel Raj Park in Chennai.

The Directors and Joint Directors of Department of School Education, Directorate of Elementary Education, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and SCERT have also attended the workshop.  The other invitees include officials from Public Sector Undertakings and Corporates.



  • To develop capacity of State and District level officials to Roll out vision 2023 activities in the State with Clean Schools under Muzhu Sugadhara Tamizhagam..
  • To review the status of implementation of “Swachh Bharath - Swachh Vidyalaya”(SBSV), especially, construction of toilets and Hand washing facilities

The participants are sensitized through various inputs like WASH promotion in Schools, activities involved in Swachh Bharath - Swachh Vidyalayas, Safe drinking water, Sanitation, Hygiene promotion especially Hand washing at critical occasions and Menstrual Hygiene Management.

  • Formal inauguration session started with screening of the film “Mission Possible” by UNICEF. The achievements in various districts in promoting the WASH condition in the schools with UNICEF support have been displayed and screened.  
  • Setting the context for the workshop - Objectives and outcomes - Broad overview of Swachh Bharath - Swachh Vidyalayas - By Mr. Arun Dhobal, WASH Specialist for Tamil Nadu and Kerala, UNICEF
  • Group discussion on Developing district level plans / defining roles and responsibilities /targets and time lines / resources required  - By Dr.S.Nagaraja Murugan, Joint Director, SSA
  • Wins (WASH in Schools) in Krishnagiri District - Power Point presentation by Mr.Pon Kumar, Chief Educational Officer, Tiruvannamalai District.
  • Power Point presentation by SSA on Sanitation and Drinking Water - Technical design principles, Norms and Quality - Common challenges and how to overcome - Addressing coverage and functionality gaps - Question and Answers - By D.Sudhakar, State Engineer, SSA
  • Power Point presentation and discussion on Hygiene and behaviour changes - How to create group HW facilities - How to do behaviour change in schools - - Children as agents of change - - Role of teachers, headmasters, child cabinets, cook and mothers’ group -  Question and answers - By Mr. Krishnamurthy, India NGO
  • Power Point presentation and discussion on Operation and Maintenance - What are the existing systems, structures and processes/good practices?  - What systems to develop at the school level. - How to get the resources for Operation & Maintenance -Financial provisions under different government schemes - By Mr. Arun Dhobal, WASH Specialist for Tamil Nadu and Kerala, UNICEF
  • The participants have been oriented on Dos & Don’ts in constructing WASH infrastructure. Various design options available for each level; according to school strength has also been shared with the participants -  UNICEF
  • Best practices in schools - group hand washing, toilet maintenance and up keeping of schools. Presentation by Mr. John Peter, Head Teacher PUMS Vadakattupatti, Dindigul District, Mrs. Sarala and Mrs. Kavitha, Head Teacher and B.T. Teacher from PUMS Puzhal, Tiruvallur District and  Mrs. S.Swarna Bai, Head Teacher PUMS Manali Town, Tiruvallur District.
  • The present condition of the WASH infrastructure in schools of the districts has been reviewed as a part of the programme and the activities needed to promote the schools as Swachh Vidyalayas has been discussed in detail.

The workshop concluded with the participants preparing and sharing District wise Road maps for achieving the goal in a group work. Finally SSA and UNICEF has instructed all the Chief Educational Officers, Additional Chief Educational Officers and District Elementary Educational Officers of all districts to create group hand washing facilities atleast in 10 schools as established in Krishnagiri district.




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