Aligarh: In order to observe Swachhta Pakhwada, a fortnight observance for cleanliness, several programmes were held at Aligarh Muslim University schools, including the Syedna Taher Saifuddin School, Abdul Baseer Khan School-Girls, and AMU City Girls School, Qazipara, to create awareness among students regarding cleanliness and hygiene.
Students at the STS School participated in various Swachhta-related activities, including quizzes, essay writing, poster making, and slogan writing competitions. A pledge was also administered by the Principal, Faisal Nafees, along with a hand washing demonstration given on the occasion.
In specially conducted assemblies, students delivered speeches and presented motivational thoughts and poems on the importance of personal hygiene, underlining the theme, “Swachhata Hi Seva Hai” (Cleanliness is the real service), with beautiful and inspiring handmade posters and placards put on display.
Faisal Nafees urged the students to keep their schools, houses, and surroundings clean. He stressed the need to check the piling of waste material and water logging in residential areas which allow the permeation of insects and bacteria.
At the ABK High School-Girls, a special assembly was held to make the students aware of the importance of cleanliness and sanitation. The students presented a Nukkad Natak and speech.
In her address, Vice Principal, Dr. Saba Hasan said that the cleanliness drive should be conducted periodically, though people should keep a constant vigil on piling up waste in their surroundings.
She also felicitated Amna Fatima for winning the fifth position and gold medal in the Inter-state fight championship in Bulandshahar.
The AMU City Girls School, Qazipara held the Red Letter Day to mark the Swachhta Pakhwada.
Dr. Suboohi Afzal and Dr. Tabassum Nawab interacted with the students highlighting the importance of hand washing, nutrition, cleanliness, and care during the menstrual period. They encouraged and motivated students to maintain a high level of cleanliness and personal hygiene.
In his welcome speech, School Principal, Md. Alamgir introduced the guests and underscored the significance of observing Swachhta's drive from time to time.
At the Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged, Atifa delivered a speech in English on the “Harmfulness of single use of plastic” while Kaif Chand spoke on the topic in Hindi. A pledge was also administered to raise the cleanliness level in the classrooms and the school. A big rally was also taken out by the students and staff of the school to create awareness among people regarding cleanliness in their personal life.
School Principal, Dr. Naila Rashid warned against the use of plastic and urged people to be cautious of their personal hygiene and clean environment.