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PRESS RELEASE from Cape Town
Posted on 06-Jun-2017
Sikkim HRDD Participates in Sulabh International Global School Sanitation Conference in Cape Town, South Africa
 
Cape Town, June 04, 2017: The Sulabh International Global School Sanitation Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder and Chairman of Sulabh International Social Service Organization, an organization engaged in sanitation and social reforms in India and globally on 3rd June 2017 in Hotel Franschhoek, Cape Town, South Africa in the presence of Shri G P Upadhyaya, ACS, HRDD, Sikkim, Shri Puneet Kundal, Consul General, India and host of dignitaries and student participants from different countries. From Sikkim, the ACS, HRDD was accompanied by Shri M. T. Sherpa, Director, School education and Pema Rinchen, student from Gyalshing SSS, West Sikkim.  Besides India, other countries represented included Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Vietnam and South Africa. The occasion was also graced by Dr. Ila Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and a peace activist and former Member of Parliament, South Africa. 
 
The first day of the program was marked inter-alia by presentations and deliberations by Dr. Pathak, Indian Counsel General and ACS, HRDD. In his speech Dr. Pathak highlighted the importance of sanitation and hygiene in the country and also narrated his journey in the field of sanitation and social reform based on Gandhian principles. Shri G. P. Upadhyaya highlighted the various progress made by India as a whole and Sikkim in particular in the area of sanitation and overall development. He made special mention of Sikkim being in the forefront in regard to achieving 100% open defecation free status, provision for separate toilets for girls and boys in schools, plan to provide changing rooms for girls besides being fully organic state. He also highlighted the current joint initiative with Sulabh for providing napkin vending machines and incinerators in 28 schools in Sikkim with more prospect of working together in future too. There will be series of presentations by different stakeholders including cultural showcase by student from Sikkim and presentation by Director, School Education in next two days. 
 
It is expected that the conference will provide a unique learning platform for students and all participating delegates for scaling up sanitation programs in their respective regions, an understanding for removing social stigma and menstrual hygiene management. 
 
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