World Toilet College Gift to Nation on Modiji’s Birthday
As a gift to nation, on Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modiji’s birthday, HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) and Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), combined forces with Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization as well as Shri Nitesh Kapoor, Regional Director – RB South Asia, RB, makers of Dettol and Harpic, announced the creation of the World Toilet College and the GIWA Academy.
The educational institutions, which have been designed to complement and enhance Hon’ble Shri Modiji’s acclaimed Swachh Bharat Mission, will be the first in our nation to provide people with the targeted skills and knowledge they need to ensure that the laudable goals of clean and healthy Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all can be met. With campuses to be located at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh and in Delhi, the World Toilet College will be officially launched on 19 November, which is the United Nations’ International World Toilet Day.
Said HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, “During the nation’s 68th Independence Day address, Hon’ble Narendra Modiji made history and moved hearts through his urgent and patriotic call for toilets for all. No longer should women, who give light to our world, be forced to wait until the darkness of night to heed the call of nature. Instead, we must all come together to do all we can to make India forever clean, green and serene. Announcing the World Toilet College and GIWA Academy is our gift to our Hon’ble Prime Minister on his beautiful birthday. Through knowledge comes success. The World Toilet College and GIWA Academy will help provide just that.”
The World Toilet College and GIWA Academy will provide an array of classes, including Toilet Building 101, Behaviour Change Communications, Washroom Cleaning, Sanitation Policy, and entrepreneurial training.
Said Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization, “From the central government to the proud toilet cleaner, the World Toilet College and GIWA Academy will provide inspiration, skills and opportunities. Learners will be equipped to work, and to work well together, through training them to be professionals in sanitation.”
Said HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, “As I said at launch of GIWA at UNICEF headquarters, it is time build, maintain and sustain clean and hygienic toilets. In order for us to be clean inside, all that is around us must be clean as well. We as a nation must stand together and be together to do all we can in support of Hon’ble Modiji’s vision for a Swachh Bharat. The World Toilet College and GIWA Academy will serve as a helping wind for our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s mighty fire of change.”
Said Nitish Kapoor, Regional Director – RB South Asia, “This is an initiative we are supporting and partnering with under our Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign and will contribute much needed skills to drive sustainable behaviour change. RB is proud to be associated with its partners, World Toilet Organization and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, to create the first World Toilet College.”