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TCS Contributes to “Clean India: Clean Schools”

For government schools with inadequate facilities, TCS is building toilets—and improving attendance.

 

In Indian schools without proper toilets, attendance suffers. Corporations like TCS have stepped up.

In the town of Atmakur in Nellore district in coastal Andhra Pradesh, headmaster D.P. Narasimhulu had quietly been fighting for good sanitation facilities in his school for years. And he was hardly alone: His school was one of more than 250,000 government schools across India that lacked adequate toilet facilities, an issue that has a direct impact on attendance. In fact, as many as 23 percent of girls in government schools drop out when they hit puberty.

Then, in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign. Swachh Bharat is the largest cleanliness drive in the history of India, and one of its key initiatives is Swachh Bharat: Swachh Vidyalaya (Clean India: Clean Schools). Prime Minister Modi urged the corporate sector to get involved in the construction of toilets in schools across the country. Many Indian companies, including TCS, got involved almost immediately.

Schools allocated to TCS were spread across four states—Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu—and happily included Narasimhulu’s school. Finally, his students would have the facilities they needed.

TCS Contributes to "Clean India Clean School"

TCS builds 1,475 toilets for Indian schools—but the effort went far beyond construction.

TCS formed a taskforce to work with central and state governments and planned an end-to-end implementation that went well beyond building toilets. The program addressed several related issues, including:

TCS leveraged technology to ensure successful and timely implementation. A pilot study shortlisted suitable construction models, then small-scale preliminary modeling was done to define the design, timing, and cost of implementation.

To prepare the schools for ongoing management of the new facilities, TCS has been conducting training programs for students, teaching staff, and the local community. Cleanliness posters now dot the walls of common areas and classrooms. Students are encouraged to participate in the effort with “I am the Change” badges.

To date, TCS has constructed 1,475 toilets in four states, and playing an important role in a very large-scale effort to promote healthy living and school attendance throughout India.

“The challenge in India is not just building toilets. It’s about the behavioral change needed to make people accustomed to using and maintaining toilets.”

-Vipin Arora, program director, corporate initiatives, TCS

TCS Contributes to Swach Bharat Initiative
TCS Provides Sanitaion Facilities in Government Schools

Swachh Bharat: Swachh Vidyalaya (Clean India: Clean Schools)

Launched in 2014 by the Indian government, the Clean India: Clean Schools initiative is designed to ensure every Indian school has working, well-maintained facilities for personal hygiene. TCS is a corporate sponsor.

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