Hygiene is life-altering, Dia Mirza tells students

Actor visits school as artiste ambassador for an NGO promoting children’s rights

February 22, 2017 01:05 am | Updated 07:22 am IST - New Delhi

 Actor Dia Mirza at a municipal primary school in south Delhi on Tuesday.

Actor Dia Mirza at a municipal primary school in south Delhi on Tuesday.

During a visit to a primary school in south Delhi’s Nehru Nagar on Tuesday, actor Dia Mirza raised awareness about the importance of sanitation and hygiene.

Ms. Mirza, who is the artiste ambassador for Save The Children — an NGO promoting children’s rights — participated in an hour-long interaction with the students.

“It is really encouraging to see how much these kids have learned and how much knowledge they are spreading about hygiene to their community and relatives. Something as simple as hand washing or access to a toilet are things we take for granted. But they are crucial, in fact they are life-altering. With a bit of guidance, the children can take this message forward efficiently,” said Ms. Mirza.

After the interaction, the students performed a street play where they highlighted the importance of personal hygiene and how it is connected to the overall well-being of the society. Khushi Kumari, a student of Class IV, said: “Many diseases occur due to lack of hygiene. We have always been taught to practise good hygiene in school and we carry that message forward to our family members and neighbours”.

“We have been working in government schools in six slum clusters in six districts of Delhi. We are also working towards providing care and protection for children on the streets. Our objective is to ensure sound health and sound education to children not as a choice but as a right,” general manager of campaigns for Save The Children, Pragya Vats, told the The Hindu.

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