Children with camera: knowlegde sharing for changing sanitation in society ( photo story - Nepal)
Children with Camera:Knowledge Sharing for Changing Sanitation of Society Mr Nam Raj Khatri, Nepal(Email: email@example.com) Mr Shreerendra Pokhrel, Darechowk, Chitwan Nepal (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Initiation Mr Shreendra was headmaster in Majgaun High School of Darechowk attended a school sanitation training with session on on ecological sanitation in 2007 He then decided to make his village an eco-village and an open defecation free village in line with the district- wide movement. This succeeded in 2010. Now he has left the school and is working fully for the promotion of ecological sanitation.
Setting up A Bal (Children) club with 9 teams was formed among students from grades 6 to 10 (12 to 16 yr). Each Bal club worked between the school and community for awareness raising for sanitation. When students move around the community and speak about sanitation, their parents become very proud and tend to follow them. Hence children became change agents for the community
Photography and analysis The children and the written text under it. Children collected pictures, analyzed them and wrote comments on a chart paper. Children were happy to move about to take photographs and discuss in a team the local sanitation situation and how to improve it. Mr Han Heijnen, provided one camera to the school for this purpose.
Views of clubIn this picture childrenwrites: This place is not clean.There are stones everywhereon the way. These sharpstones may cause injury whilewalking, hence road needs tobe cleanedFor this picture, childrenwrite: In this view students areworking together for sanitationbecause the path is very dirty.If we take care of sanitationwe can live a healthy life.
Views of clubFor this picture, children write:Students are working together toclean school surroundings. Herestones, leaves and pieces of woodsare seen on the ground. We need tomake our school clean andsurrounding green For this picture, children write: Analyzing this view, we can say that the place is much dirty. Both sides of the road is green. Students are carrying flash cards to make people aware.
Views of clubChildren write: This view is verydirty. The water tank and tap arethere. We all need to clean this place.Otherwise we will suffer fromvarious communicable diseasesFor this picture children write: Inthis view, students are making teamsfor sanitation activities. Near thehome we can see garbage everywhere. Dirty environment may cause infection from variouscommunicable diseases and thendeath
Views of clubChildren write: This viewindicates that the environment iswell maintained with flowers andgreen plants. We must plantvarious flower in our surroundingsFor this picture children write:Surroundings are very dirty andchildren are participating in thesanitation program. It seems thatthe students are supporting theprinciple of "clean environmentand live safe life"
Views of club Children write: Analyzing this view we can say that this village is very clean. Here people are conscious of cleanliness and put waste in fixed places. Note: This picture got first prizeChildren write: To keep theenvironment neat and clean, a dustbin has been brought in topractice. If this place remainsclean, this place can be touristplace
Photo exhibitionPhoto exhibition was organized inMajgawn school of Darechowkunder occasion of school catchmentarea ODF in 2009. More than 200photographs with analyses weredisplayed. The best threephotographs were selected andgiven a prize.Ecosan Village: Darechowk isnow known as ecosan village andbecame learning center for all.Thanks to cheldren, Shreendra andHan.