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TitleIndia : SWASTHH : India’s ‘clean school and village’ movement
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsYork, USUNICEF-N
Secondary TitleSanitation and hygiene case study
Pagination4 p.; ill.; 1 box; 5 photographs
Date Published2008-01-01
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, case studies, environmental education, health education, hygiene, india, school water and sanitation towards health and hygiene programme (swasthh) (india), schools

Swasthh [School Water and Sanitation Towards Health and Hygiene] is one of several government initiatives aimed at changing the culture of schooling in rural India as part of the drive for ‘education for all’. ‘Swasthh’ means ‘health’ in Hindi, and this programme is all about improving the ‘health’ of basic schooling. This is a huge undertaking: hundreds of thousands of village schools are drab, badly-constructed and under-equipped. Toilets, if they have them, are typically crude and without a separate block for girls. Attendance is poor, classes large, much learning is by rote, and teachers and students often lack motivation. [authors abstract]

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