“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”
In a country of 1.39 billion people, 29 states, over 6 lakh villages and cities, 40 ethnic communities, and over 22 major languages, it is not possible to achieve a cleanliness goal overnight. With the aim of keeping the country clean and green, honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi started his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission in 2014.
To further inculcate the importance and values of this cleanliness initiative, he proposed Swachhata Ke Liye Shramdan on October 1, 2023 at 10 a.m. for an hour. Schools, industries, individuals were encouraged to take the small step towards keeping their nation spit-and-span clean by not depending on others, but taking the baton themselves.
Following the great call, Delhi Public School Aligarh also organized a cleanliness drive with its students and teachers on October 1 to spread the awareness among the youth and also ensure they are responsible citizens of our locality, and nation. The students from various classes ranging from VII to XII and 7 teachers conducted the cleanliness drive in Samridhhi Township near Agra Road in the district of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
A residential area of about 1000 sq.m. was cleaned thoroughly by the volunteers and the garbage was picked up by the student and teacher who armed themselves with brooms, thailas, containers and placards in the morning of October 1. The students also spoke to the residents in order to spread the word about how to keep their area clean and beautiful by taking small steps every day.
The garbage collected was then picked up by the garbage collecting van of Aligarh Municipality. The students not only learnt the importance of cleanliness through this drive, but was also able to educate the people around about its significance.
The primary objective of this drive was to promote cleanliness. hygiene practices and a healthy environment in public areas such as streets, neighborhoods, parks among others. This campaign served as an example of how communities can come together to promote cleanliness and create a better environment for all.