MoU signed between UNICEF and IDBI bank to provide clean water, sanitation to school children
UNICEF and IDBI Bank have jointly signed a landmark Rs. 2.7 crore (approx. 450,000 USD) partnership. The MoU, signed by Chief General Manager, IDBI Bank, R.V. Iyer and UNICEF India Representative, Louis-Georges Arsenault, under Bank's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity will directly impact the lives of over 80,000 children in 400 schools and Anganwadi centres in UP and Maharashtra.
"The Model WASH in Schools programme demonstrates
the effectiveness of integrating critical behaviours such as hand
washing, into the world's largest Mid-Day meals program. Evidence
shows that access to functional and separate toilets for girls and
boys can contribute to a better learning environment, reducing
absenteeism and drop-out rates of children in schools, especially
girls," said Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India
Commenting on the landmark initiative, M.S.
Raghavan, Chairman and Managing Director, IDBI Bank
Bank, as a responsible and socially conscientious PSU Bank, has
entered into this partnership with UNICEF and the Government of India
to support their vision of ensuring that the 110 million children
enrolled in 1.4 million elementary schools across India have access
to safe drinking water and functional toilets along with imbibing
hygienic practices with special emphasis on hand washing."
He added, "The initiative is also in alignment
with the Swachh Bharat Mission, recently launched by the Government
of India, under which we are further supporting the construction of
300 gender segregated toilets in schools across India, primarily in
rural areas, towards addressing sanitation issues."
Highlighting the role of corporates in supporting
child-friendly education in schools, Sue Coates, Chief of WASH,
UNICEF India, said, "The partnership is of special significance
against the backdrop of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi's recent
appeal to corporates to focus on building toilets in schools,
especially for girls."
The partnership will encourage schools to implement
higher standards of WASH-in-School facilities and the Hygiene
Education programme in a child-friendly environment. An evaluation
system will be established to monitor the progress in the two states
and key learnings will be used to replicate the model across the