For the past few weeks, there has been plenty of buzz about the nationwide cleanliness campaign, ‘Swacch Bharat Abhyaan’ in India wherein the Prime Minister asked everyone to join the campaign and make India a cleaner place to live in. Many people took initiative and participated in this campaign.
However, it is important that the children of the country also understand the necessity of cleanliness. So students should be taught the importance of cleanliness. One way of doing this is to conduct a cleanliness drive in the school.
You can organize a cleanliness drive in your school by following the three simple steps given below.
In this step you will essentially focus on what activities the drive will involve.
Set a primary goal and plan in advance as to what you want to do in the drive. If your primary goal is to keep your school clean, list out the things you should do to achieve your primary goal. The list may contain activities like making the school a litter-free zone, recycling, planting trees, spreading awareness, making groups, assigning tasks to the groups etc. Have specific goals. For example, if you are planning planting trees, then have a specific goal like, planting 400 saplings for instance. After making the list of activities, make the list of tools and resources you will need in the drive.
In this step you inform students about why you all are carrying out the drive.
This step requires you to create awareness about the importance of cleanliness. You can do this by pasting posters depicting the need for cleanliness in the school campus and talking to your students about the concern. Let your students gain maximum possible information about the drive from you. In this step you should motivate your students to involve themselves in the cleanliness drive and convey to them why it is important to maintain cleanliness. Also ask your students to spread the word among their friends and family. By doing this the students feel motivated and involve themselves more effectively in the drive.
Make the list of students and teachers getting involved and make an outline of the activities that will be a part of the drive. If you want to teach your students anything related to the drive or the purpose of the drive, now would be the time to do it. For example, if you want your students learn how to recycle and re-use things you can do it in this step so that they know what to do during the drive.
The final step is implementing what you have planned. This step is most important of all the steps because here the role of teachers is maximized. Students start involving themselves in the drive and hence the responsibility of a teacher increases. Teachers should organize the activities and evenly assign them to the students.
Teachers can create students’ groups and assign each group a particular area to clean or do any particular activity from the planned list of activities. The groups of students who cannot take part in physical cleaning activities can be assigned activities such as spreading awareness, making posters about the drive etc. Ask a students’ group to go around the school and talk to other students about the importance of cleanliness and how students can help to keep their school clean. Make sure that these groups complete their assigned cleanliness tasks in a structured fashion. You will realize that these students’ groups play a very important role in the drive.
Teachers can also form groups of their own and start spreading awareness about personal hygiene and infection control. Going around the school and talking to students of different grades about daily hygienic habits encourages them learn and practice healthy habits.
As the whole school gets involved in the drive, involve younger students in activities like planting saplings and collecting litter. Keep the younger children’s group under the supervision of a teacher so that they can ask for help wherever required. You can also assign a student from higher grade as the monitor for this group.
Before the drive educate your students on recycling and how they can utilize the used material. Make a recycling club whose members will be both teachers and students. The members of this club will demonstrate and create awareness about recycling and re-using in the school.
You can either have a large-scale campaign or a small-scale one. It is up to you. All you need to do is plan well in advance for the campaign to happen.
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