To strengthen the 'Swachh Bharat' initiative announced by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, the students of Indian Educational School (Bharatitya Vidya Bhavan) launched a Cleanliness Drive on 02, October with the objective of generating awareness among the young Indians on the importance of hygiene, cleanliness, and healthful living. The drive was also intended to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who is also known as the ‘Father of the Nation’ of India.
“Cleanliness refers not only to the way we tend to our hygiene, but also to the care we take to maintain and cherish all aspects of our environment,” said principal of IES, T.Premkumar while officially inaugurating the Cleanliness Drive Initiative launched by Bhavanites during the morning assembly as he read out the message from the Union Minister Mrs.Smirti Irani. The school was in a festive mood. Students and ‘teachers clad in white dress’ were seen busy turning the school premises, canteen area, indoor playgrounds, and staffrooms spick and span.
Grade eleven students helped clean the bookstore. They not only helped the bookstore staff clean the store but also helped them arrange the books neatly in the stands and racks. The entire area encompassing the library, bookstore, and the stairs were swept and cleaned by the students as a token of their reverence to the Gandhian principle ‘Dignity of Labour.’
Student Prefects of all the classes emptied the trash bins of their classrooms which is usually done by the cleaning staff. Grade 5 students prepared colourful cards and the same were presented to the cleaning staff as tokens of the children’s heartfelt appreciation for their strenuous but often unacknowledged labour.
Student Council of IES also organized a Poster Making Competition and a Drawing Competition for the seventh and sixth graders respectively. The theme of the Poster Making Competition was ‘Cleanliness is Next to Godliness.’ The exclusive theme for the Drawing Competition was ‘Mahatma Gandhi – The Apostle of Non-Violence.’ Both the Poster Making Competition and the Drawing Competition were adjudged by the Art Faculty of IES.
The icing on the cake was a street play by the eighth, the ninth and the eleventh graders. The performance caused a stir in the campus. The teachers, students and a few parents thronged to the basketball ground to watch the dazzling performance of the young artistes. The theme of the street play was ‘Swachh Bharat’ or Clean India. Through the play, the children made an attempt to sensitize the young Indians to the dangers of environmental pollution which is rampant in India and elsewhere.
It was indeed endearing to see students making and wearing white caps with the slogan ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India) written on them. The caps were also distributed to all the teaching and non-teaching staff of the school. The events of the day came to an end when pupils and pedagogues vowed to keep their country as well as the country of their domicile always clean and shipshape. The supreme council members said that the clean drive launched on October 02 would be a long-term project of the school and not a one day celebration.