Sunday, August 10, 2014

Month-long campaign on science and sanitation underway for students

GANGTOK, 08 Aug: Sikkim State Council of Science and Technology is conducting a month-long campaign on science and sanitation in all the four districts of Sikkim focussing mainly on schools located in the high altitude and remote areas.
As per a press release, the campaign for East district started on 02 August and concluded on 07 August. Students of 4 schools located at JN Marg - 4th Mile Junior High School, 10th Mile Primary School, Phadamchen Secondary School and Pangthang Secondary School have been sensitized and trained on the proper management of sanitation and waste disposals, as these areas receive large number of tourists annually.
Power-point presentations were made on science & sanitation, health and hygiene and demonstration of 5 appropriate steps for hand washing, maintenance of toilets and cleanliness.
The students were also taught management of solid waste management, the importance of source segregation, identifying different types of waste e.g. bio-degradable and non-biodegradable.
Films on “zero waste” and school sanitation were screened for the children. The programme was also attended by school staff members and few local inhabitants. Besides these, the children were also taught how to make new and fun products out of waste.
During the course of the campaign the students were also made aware on recent epidemics caused by poor sanitation such as Japanese encephalitis and the necessary precautionary measures. Booklets on school sanitation published by Rural Management Development Department were also distributed, the release mentions.
According to the programme coordinator Deputy Director, Dr. Sonam R Lepcha this campaign will also to be conducted in South and West districts.

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