Our country was ruled by many external forces, which worsened the condition of our country. There is absolutely no attention given to cleanliness in our country by any of the ruling governments before and after the independence. A heap of garbage can be seen everywhere all across the country.
Talking about rural areas, people there, still go out of their homes to defecate, mainly because they do not have toilets in their houses and they do not have that much money to build toilets. Defecating in open is injurious for the health of the people as disease carrying pests develop and making the people sick living in that area.
Also the bad habits adopted by the people among which living in unhygienic places, keeping their surrounding dirty, doing efforts to clear the chocked drains etc. causes the growth of vectors that spread many kinds of diseases.
Cleanliness can become a habit if adapted from the beginning. If elders put an example before their next generation there is no doubt that India and the entire world will become free from pollution that is very important to save this unique planet.
Participation of Parents and Teachers in Clean India Campaign
For achieving the goal parents and teachers should play an important role. It is said to be that family is the first school for human kind where a child learns the basic training of the life. Therefore the parents should have to inculcate good etiquettes and ethics in the mind of the growing child from the beginning. Teachers are compared next to God. They can enlighten the torch of cleanliness and good habits among their students so that their students can become the role model for others.
Role of Parents in Clean India Mission
Parents can play vital role in the upbringing of a child in such a way that she/he could develop her/his senses in the benefit of not only herself/himself but also of the community as well as the nation and the world. Here are some suggestions for the parents that they should do to develop a child so that she/he will become conscious about cleanliness:
- After the age of 8 years onwards a child has to leave independence with some responsibilities like going alone for the toilet and brushing their teeth with a distance observation.
- The children have to be given the lesson of washing their hands properly after toilet.
- They have to learn the usual method of brushing their teeth and clean their tongue daily.
- 10 years to 14 years children have their developed understanding and they can be taught to keep their body and surrounding clean everyday.
- The parents should take initiatives to make them disciplined in all the aspects of life and should discuss the importance of cleanliness with them time to time.
- Small kids and youth follow their parents, so by putting various examples we can teach many good habits among our children very easily.
- On holidays parents should run a cleanliness schedule involving the children and by allotting usual tasks for the children also.
- Parents should teach their children not to throw plastic covers of their books and other things; teaching the harm of plastics and by telling them the use of bins.
- Every children of the house should be allotted an area of the house or the garden and by given the responsibility to keep their areas tidy. For this act they should be awarded time to time.
- They must be taught the lesson of keeping their belongings neat and clean. They must have a habit to wear neat and well pressed uniform while going to school.
- The parents should keep an eye on their wards so that they must adopt good habits and remain conscious about cleanliness at all the places they visit.
- If the child is not following the parents’ advice, a mild rebuke or curtailing the demand will be a solution of the problem.
Role of Teachers in Clean India Mission
Teachers are considered next to God. Every student follows the words of the teacher and learns a lot in her/his life. Teacher is the bearer of the torch of knowledge who brings awareness and intelligence among their students to become a responsible citizen of the country. A teacher can inculcate ethics and discipline in the life of a child by educating and nurturing them in such a way that she/he can differentiate and judge the good and bad in her/his life. A teacher can play an important role in the clean India mission in following ways:
- Through various examples and stories of cleanliness, a teacher can mould her/his students in such a way that the students will interested in living in a clean way.
- Various competitions on cleanliness can be arranged on special days and teachers should encourage every child to participate heartily.
- First the students will have to know about the consequences of pollution and its effect on the environment scientifically.
- Teacher community should have to come forward for this and should make their optimum effort to develop a child that is responsible to the environment.
- They have to discuss the ill-effect of littering garbage which is the cause of many fatal diseases.
- During morning assembly effective speeches on pollution should be given by different teachers and the higher authorities at regular intervals.
- A complete cleanliness drive should be organised in a special day of every month in the school and public places keeping them away from the syllabus on that day. This will create awareness among the students and they love to do it as a change.
- The teachers should mould their students in such a way that they make it a habit and always remain neat and tidy.
- The students that come to school in tidy uniform regularly should be admired during assembly to give a message of cleanliness to other students so that they will also be motivated to do the same.
- Tree plantation programme should be organised in school campus or places to motivate the students and suggesting them to plant at least five plants and nurture them till they do not grow.
- Teachers should explain the losses caused by the bad habits of the human and tell the students the value of living in a pollution free environment.
Children mind is like a blank slate. She/he learns and follows from her/his surrounding. A child notices all the things happening around. If she/he lives in a neat and tidy environment and watches that the people living near her/him makes efforts to keep their surrounding pollution free there is no doubt that she/he will learn good habits. But for this the elders have to play an important role.
If the parents can care to put good habits and moral values of life among the children right from the beginning of their life, the child will develop with responsibility and an early born habit that will never goes from her/his life. When the child enters into school the role of teachers become a pivotal point in upbringing of the child. The teachers must have to inculcate precious good values of life gradually among their students by teaching them through subjects as well as by various activities and projects.
In addition, if a child is nurtured well right from the beginning by the parents and teachers, she/he will become a responsible citizen and can think about the progress of the country and the society.