Mumbai : In order to appreciate schools for their work in cleanliness, sanitation and so on, United Way Mumbai is organising Swachh School Awards. The awards is presently inviting entries from public and private schools in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore which will continue till end of May. The winners will be announced in June this year.
Schools can register using an online or offline form, allowing the schools to have a level playing field, stated Anil Parmar, senior manager at United Way Mumbai. “This awards is in line with Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The awards is not just about clean schools and better environment, it about recognising schools for doing things differently,” stated Parmar. The winners of the awards will be given Rs 3 lakh, Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 75, 000 cash prize, depending on the winning category. The winning school can use this cash prize to develop any project that would help them to further maintain the vision. The project can be related to cleanliness, sanitation, solid waste management, energy conservation, behaviour change and capacity building and so on.
After registering, the schools will have to answer 60 questions and these responses will be evaluated, followed by physical audit of selected schools in order to authenticate the responses. After this process, the team of United Way Mumbai will give a list of 100 schools to a panel of judges and then the winners will be selected from that list. “All the judges who will judging the schools will be experts in their own way,” said Parmar. The awards are powered by Jubilant FoodWorks.
United Way Mumbai has been working in this awards for three months now and has been involved in community building initiatives for over ten years.