Swachhta Pakhwada concludes in Kathua schools with prize distribution ceremony

Swachhta Pakhwada concludes in Kathua schools with prize distribution ceremony

KATHUA, SEPTEMBER 15: The activities under "Swachhta Pakhwada" started on September 1, 2022 as per the instructions of Cultural and Educational Cell of Directorate of School Education, Jammu, ended today across the schools of Kathua district with the prize distribution ceremony.

The campaign was conducted by District Unit of Cultural and Educational Cell, running under the aegis of Chief Education Officer, Prakash Lal Thapa and supervised by the District Incharge (DICC) Monika Khosla, who was also the District Nodal Officer for this campaign.

All the twelve Zonal Incharges (ZICCs) with the active support of their respective ZEOs in the district successfully completed this campaign.

Various activities were given place in this campaign, which lasted for 15 days.

"Swachhta Pakhwada" started with "Cleanliness Pledge" by the teachers and students to keep their courtyard, society, environment etc. clean.

The second day's activity was named as "Swachhta Awareness Day" and the students were made aware about health and cleanliness. The activity focused on water conservation and environment. On the third and fourth day, rallies were taken out, in which apart from the schools, the local people also participated enthusiastically.

The fifth day was dedicated to "Grow Greenery". Plantation was carried out at different places. Slogan writing, painting competition, poster making competition were organized in schools keeping this objective in the center. Along with this, the message of ending the use of plastic was also given through these mediums.

The sixth and seventh day of the fortnight was dedicated to "Partnership in cleanliness" and activities like poetry recitation, short plays, painting competitions, essay writing etc. were organized on the occasion. The winners from school level to district level were also declared.

Day 8 and 9 were focused on proper hand washing. Teachers in schools educated the students about the right method of washing hands by practical demonstration.

The tenth and eleventh days witnessed activities to encourage the children about personal hygiene and health. Students were made aware of physical hygiene through movies and radio programs in schools.

The Activities were also done on prevention of pandemics like corona. The twelfth day was given to the fortnight's exhibition. In the last few days, all the work done by the students regarding cleanliness was displayed, in which local artwork was also given a special place.

The students presented many fascinating works of art from the waste materials. The thirteenth and fourteenth days were of "Swachhta Action Plan" and future plans were made for each type of cleanliness in collaboration with the Management Committee of the Schools and the School Development Management Committee. In addition, the suggestions of the committee members were also taken.

Anita Pangotra, a cultural ambassador and master in the district, informed that the children participated with great enthusiasm in this program and asked questions about the next day's activity.

Prize distribution ceremony was held on the last day of the fortnight. The students who had performed best in various competitions and activities were honored by the principals and head teachers of the school.

Outstanding works in this category were also declared winners at the district level. Prachi Saini (Spring Dales English School, Changran) Zone Kathua got first position, Lakshita Devi (Higher Secondary School, Sallan) Zone Sallan bagged second and Priyanka (Higher Secondary School, Gura Kalyal) Zone Bhaddu got third place in the painting competition.

In the Essay writing competition, Megha Devi (High School, Hiranagar) Zone Hiranagar got first, Himani Sharma (Higher Secondary School, Mara Patti) Zone Mahanpur got second and Tarun Sharma (Government Model Higher Secondary School, Hiranagar) Zone Hiranagar got the third position.