Projects from HQrs/RO

A Report on Project Citizen under taken by: JNV, Krishna.
            Project Citizen is a programme of a voluntary organisationCenter for Civic Education in cooperation with the National Conference of State Legislatures supported by the United States Department of Education. This has been adopted by the schools world wide and in India the Indian schools adopted this for the past few years.
            The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has adopted this last year. JNV Veleru Krishna Dt , Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Region is one among the several participants in the Hyderabad region. The competition was conducted at two levels first at the state level ( At ongole on 10.07.07) and the second at the regional level ( at Ranga Reddy on 17.08.07) and finally, the final show casing was conducted on  20.09.07 at Ramjas school New Delhi.
            It is a portfolio based programme where in students go in to the society analyse the problems be with the society and find suitable solutions. Project Citizen is a programme in Civic education that will help to add to students knowledge enhance their skills and deepen the understanding of how we can all work together to make our community better.
Our Project: Nirmal Bharath Nirmaan
            As a part of Project Citizen, the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Veleru took up the problem of "Open defecation."  Under the title of Nirmal Bharath Nirmaan ( Building a cleaner India)
            The Class IX students were given orientation by the master trainer Sri.S.Ramesh, PGT History, in the month of April 2007 to under take the project during the summer vacation. The students were divided in to four groups each of them was given specific task of: 1. Explaining the Problem 2. Analysing the existing policies  3. Proposing a public policy and 4. developing an action plan.
As Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru observed:  "The day every one of us gets a toilet to use, I shall know that our country has reached the pinnacle of progress" 
We boast of progresses in various fields Science and Technology reached the nooks and corners of the country. But it is a precarious condition in India that still people go for open defecation along the road sides, Railway tracks and other open places. It is a common phenomenon in most of the rural areas and urban slum as well.
1.      Nearly 78% of the rural population defecate in open or use unsanitary bucket latrines and smelly public toilets
2.      Per day 20, 00,000 tons of human excreta is being deposited in the open area through out the country.
3.      Open defecation creates awkward moment for the foreigners who come here to experience the rich cultural Heritage.
4.      Women are the worst sufferers. The absence of toilet severely affects their health, dignity, safety and sense of privacy.
5.      Open defecation is not only the problem of the       community near by but it also the problem of our district,   state, entire country and even our neighbouring countries    like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri lanka.
6.      Even after 60 years of our Independence people openly defecate and spoil the environment.
Existing policies:
w        Sanitation became part of national agenda in the first 5th plan (1951-56)
w        Sanitation became a priority from the 7th plan (1985-90) onwards and this was marked by the launch of CRSP in 1986
w         Revised CRSP (also called as TSC) was introduced in 1999 with focus on ‘demand generation’
w        In the 10th Plan the role of sanitation and hygiene are intrinsically linked to the objectives of reducing IMR, MMR
w        Govt of India has launched Nirmal Gram Puraskar to the Panchayar raj Institutions which achieve the target of 100% free from open defecation.
MAIN FEATURES                                                                                                
  1. Toilet for each individual household through effective implementation of the existing T.S.C.
  2. Extending the Nirmal Gram Puraskar to the villages that achieve not only 100% toilets in their villages but also implementing of effective disposal of wastes.
  3. Construction of Public toilets & Commissioning of Community Biogas plants wherever possible.
  4. A general sanitation code for the country and till it is finalized a simple Village Sanitation code is to be designed by each local self government and reasonable fines and punishments to be inflicted on the defaulters by the Gram panchayat.
  5. More involvement of people, students and non-governmental organizations.
  1. Clean environment.
  2. Minimizing the diseases caused by virus and bacteria.
  3. Effective and profitable disposal of wastes.
1.      Success depends upon the behavioural change in the People.
2.      They may not like punishments
3.      Poverty still remains a hurdle
4.      Change in the Occupational pattern is good sign but it is slow.
5.      Involvement of students may not be liked by all.
Action Plan:
v     Convince the Union Government to take up the case of a sanitary code for the country.
v     State government to support the policy
v     Acceptation and implementation at the Panchayati Raj institution level.
v     Anganvadis, Educational institutions in general and JNV’s in particular to take-up awareness campaigns for the effective implementation.
v     Requesting the NGO’s to shift their focus on rural India and join hands in this venture.
Ø      Loans and subsidies to people.
Ø      Counciling.
Ø      Proper implementation through mandal officers.                      
Ø      Donation of fund.
Ø      Organizations like Sulabh and Gramalaya share the expertise.
Ø      Propagation by educational institutions and voluntary agencies.
v     Like minded students will be enrolled. They will be under the in charge of teacher of Project Citizen
v     Project Citizen will be taken up as a part of pace setting activity in JNV’s
v     A committee constituting in charge Project Citizen. Music teacher, Art teacher like minded teachers will be formed and Project Citizen in charge gives orientation to all the students and teachers.
v     Navodaya Nirmal Bharath Sena will organize sanitation campaign in last Sundays of every month.
v     On the second Sundays villages will be identified by teachers for taking up the sanitation campaign.
v     Help of local sarpanch,Mandal Development Officer and village administrative officer, village S.O will be sought for this.
·        Rally
·        Door to door canvassing
·        Gender based Canvassing
·        Interaction with villagers    
·        Cultural programmes including Songs, Jokes, Mono-action, and Role play in the evening. 
                  If we are successful in our venture we will disseminate it to the nearby  422 schools of our district. If each of them take up this campaign through volunteers of NCC, NSS Scouts and Guides and other voluntary services, our district will become clean. If this success story spreads to all districts our state will become clean. If the student community of all the states of India come across this message our country will achieve the Nirmal Bharath. The  JNVs  of various regions may follow this.
Thanks to
Project Citizen India.
Our District Collector Sri Navin Mittal IAS for his kind co operation
District Medical and Health officer other district officials
Villagers of Sitarampuram and Veleru.
B.Bharath                  Explaining the Problem
T. Deevena
Sravya                         Alternative Policies
Bhavana                      Proposing a Public Policy
Ali Asger
Vamsi                               Action plan
Teacher Guide:     S.Ramesh PGT Hist
Patron:                   G.Mallikarjuna Babu, Principal, JNV Veleru.