In Tamil Nadu, students turned innovators for Swachh India. | Garv Hai - Stories of Change | Swachh Survekshan 2019

In Tamil Nadu, students turned innovators for Swachh India.

Ever heard about a sweeping vehicle made out of waste that can clean an area as big as a school playground effectively? A group of 13-year-old swachh warriors from a Panchayat Union Middle School in Konerikuppa village did just that. But more than the innovation itself, it was the thought behind the action that was more moving. They wanted to devise something that could help the elderly lady and save her the effort of cleaning the large compound.

The out-of-the box ‘Swachh Innovation’ – that the children came up with was made up of coconut leaves strung together on a stick in such a way that it has a fulcrum and an arm – the arm is a massive broom made of coconut leaves. The contraption was then put on wheels, so that the  vehicle when is moved would sweep the area with the help of coconut leaves. Today, unfortunately the elderly lady is no more but during their free time, these students clean areas of their schools, all by themselves using their invention.

Apart from innovations, according to the government statistics, around 2.90 crore students from 1-5 class and 2.70 crore students from 6-12 class participated in the letter writing competition held by  Ministry of Drinking and Sanitation in order to spread the message of Swachh India.

Children have also been an integral part of the 12-hour Banega Swachh India Cleanathons for the last four years. Thousands of students embraced the #Mere10Guz agenda to cleanup at least 10 yards of their surroundings, and participated in clean up drives across India to celebrate October 2 as Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas.


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