GUWAHATI, Sept 8 - To bring about any change in society, it must start with the children. Keeping this in mind, Helping Hands: Xohai, a group of people who have joined hands to contribute in making the society a clean, safe and better place to live in, organised a series of skits at various city schools as part of their drive to create awareness as well as teach children good habits, which would help them keep their city clean.
According to a press release, the participating schools in the Aamar Guwahati Clean Campaign, were Ganesh Mandir High School, Khanapara; Gopal Boro HS School, Ganeshguri; Happy Child School, Rehabari; Sunflower English High School, Santipur; Santi Sadhana Ashram School, Basistha; Kaliram Boruah High School, Bharalumukh; Machkhowa Mojolia Bidyalay; Everest Academy, Beltola; South Point School and Beltola Madhyamik Bidyalay. The campaign was carried out over a year-long period.
During the group�s first visit, several schools did not have dustbins in common areas and litter was scattered in the classrooms and campuses with the teachers complaining about the children�s attitude towards cleanliness. But later visits, after a gap of around three months, revealed a marked improvement. The clean classrooms and campuses indicated the students had taken an active part in ensuring their surroundings were free of litter. Teachers and principals also reported a positive change in the outlook of the children.
Based on their follow-up action and the enthusiastic response to keep their campus clean, a prize was awarded to Gopal Boro HS School by Helping Hands : Xohai, which was accepted by the school principal Sibani Barman on behalf of the school and the students. The rest of the schools were given certificates of participation, the release added.