Teachers learn lessons on health and hygiene

Special Correspondent

MYSORE: "Catch them young" and "train the trainers" is the new mantra that is paying rich dividends on the rural sanitation front.

And the Mysore Zilla Panchayat and the UNICEF, in collaboration with Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Southern Regional Cell, Bangalore, have taken up teachers' training and sensitization programme on issues of sanitation and hygiene.

Nearly 500 higher primary school teachers will be trained in these issues and the CEE has developed educational material for teachers that helps them in implementing sanitation-related activities in schools.

Santosh R. Sutar, Programme Officer, CEE South, said the programme is part of the Centre's scheme titled "Total sanitation campaign" and 500 teachers of seven taluks in Mysore are being trained in 10 batches.

In the first batch, about 100 teachers from T. Narsipura, H.D. Kote, Mysore and Hunsur taluks were trained in two batches while the training programme for the second batch was launched on Thursday at Bramhakumaris campus on Mysore-Husnur Road.

Teachers will be provided a hands-on experience with field visits, and the programme will be made interesting by incorporating group discussions, movie shows among others, according to Suttar. The response so far, according to Mr. Santosh, has been encouraging.

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