Education Minister Subhas Sarkar has virtually launched the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP) 2021-22. The award recognizes, inspires and rewards the schools that have done exemplary work in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene and also provides a benchmark and roadmap for schools to make further improvements in the future. Interested schools can apply until March 2022.
At the national level, 40 schools will be selected for awards in the general category this year. Selected schools will be paid Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 per school, according to the Samagra Shiksha scheme. There will be six sub-category awards with prize money of Rs 20,000 per school. The subcategories include water, sanitation, soapy hands, operation and maintenance, behavior change and capacity building, and the newly added category on COVID-19 preparedness and response.
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The 2021-22 SVP is open to all categories of schools: government schools, state aided and private schools across the country. The schools are assessed through an online portal and mobile app in the six subcategories mentioned above and the system automatically generates the overall score and assessment.
Schools are awarded at the district, state and national levels based on an internationally recognized five-star rating system. Each school will receive a certificate of participation with the category scores and the overall assessment of the school. This will help promote sustainable practices of improved water, sanitation and hygiene in schools.
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To create self-motivation and awareness about sanitation, the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP) was first established by the School Education and Literacy Department, in 2016-17, the official statement said.
At the launch of the awards, Sarkar emphasized the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene in schools as it plays an important role in determining students’ health, attendance, dropout and learning outcomes. The provision of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools ensures a healthy school environment and protects children from illness (including COVID-19) and exclusion, he said.
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