I CAN “A DESIGN FOR CHANGE” An organized canteen break21st September, 10:00 A.M“Our „Break” is on. We are in the canteen. As usual, the canteen is intotal chaos. Everyone is out to push their way in.As the canteen boys try to please everybody, they find themselvescompletely lost. Their orders get mixed up, they serve the wrong itemsfor the wrong pennies and it generates a confused and irritated lot. Inall the confusion and chaos, food is spilled, wrappers and food packsare left here and there, thus leaving the canteen quite dirty.In these circumstances, I somehow manage to make my way throughthe crowd and reach the canteen counter but alas! By that time the“BREAK” is over. TRIINNGG………………………… went the bell and I likemany others had to make our way back to the classes, with an emptystomach and an irritated mind.FEEL: We observed that the canteen cannot accumulate too manystudents at a time. The entire process of having food in the canteen istoo time consuming and leaves the place quite dirty and in a mess. Thecanteen staff also appears to have a lot of difficulties in managing theentire system. Inspite of our school having the system of class wisefixed canteen days there is still a lot of chaos.
IMAGINE: We imagined that if there are a minimum number ofstudents in the canteen on any particular day it will make the task ofthe canteen staff more manageable and help them ensure foodavailability to each and every student visiting the canteen. The canteenwill not be a Piccadilly circus but an orderly place all the time, when wego to the canteen.DO: We discussed with our principal and asked her to issue a notice toall students giving their class wise schedule for canteen visits toensure that, students who don‟t have canteen period on that day arenot present in the canteen.We also discussed with the canteen in-charge so that he can give usone canteen staff that would be placed at the entrance to check theidentity cards of the students.Two separate dustbins, one biodegradable and the other non-biodegradable were placed. The biodegradable waste would be used asmanure in the school gardens. Separate menu wise (food items)counters were made and the traffic of the students regulated intoqueues.Class teachers appointed two monitors per class to make sure that nomess was created by any student and that all were lined up as directed.Apart from the monitors one helper was made available to make thingsright.
For this system of improvement, only manpower resource in placementof one Canteen staff at the entrance and two monitors from each classwere needed and thanks to this programme we realized the fact that inorder to bring a change we need to be that change.Participants:-DristantaRoktimRaginiSuryaShreshthAtlantaAshmitaRidhwanBornilRahul