What can I do for a Clean India
As parents we inculcate values in our young ones to have a blessed life; as teachers our aim is to impart knowledge to benefit the students for a successful life. Mahatma Gandhi who understood that healthy life is a boon to the society and environment, started a national campaign on cleanliness, but the people at that time did not take it seriously.
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Decades later, once again Swachh Bharat Mission, a nationwide campaign, was launched by our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji in 2014 on 2nd of October to make the dream of clean India come true in the next five years by 2019 – the150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a big challenge for all the citizens of India. It is possible only if each and every person living in India understands this campaign, takes it up as his own responsibility and tries to make it a successful mission.
As an Art Education Teacher and also Swachhta Co-coordinator of Vidyalaya, my aim to contribute to the cause was decisive when I understood the real need for it. Children at tender age should be familiarised with cleanliness habits to lead a healthy life.
As art classes usually deal with one particular topic in every class, Swachh Bharat, Swachh Vidyalaya, Cleanliness Practices were the numerous sub topics that emerged after class discussion and what children can do at their level for cleanliness should reflect in their art works.
As swachhta pakhwada was celebrated in my vidyalaya from 1st to 15th September 2017, I designed various programmes for awareness such as Drawing competition, Collage making, Debate, Essay writing and Skit by the teachers, City March with slogans, Talk by School Doctor on cleanliness practices, Video shows on cleanliness, etc.
My aim was fulfilled when I found that the topic had impacted the children in an impressive way which was reflected in their artwork and day to day life.
Rupsi Chauhan is working in Kendriya Vidyalaya D.R.D.O Bangalore as an Art Education teacher for the past 15 years for the promotion of drawing skills and creativity in children. Her art curriculum consists of topics related to current issues on Environment and Energy to bring awareness in the minds of the young ones. She has served as a judge in various art competitions and is a member of the panel for selection of art teachers in local schools. Twice she was invited as art educator from India to the Art Festival held in Washington D.C, U.S.A.in 2012 and 2015.
She has made a 6.38 minute 2D animation film on Nurture Nature. She is a science graduate and studied Art from Kala Kendra, Dehradun (BFA) . She has served as a resource person for the in-service course for art education teachers held in January 2016 at ZIET, Mysore.
She has written six articles on different aspects of art for NIE, Times of INDIA in the past four years.