Japan’s initiative for sanitation in TN schools

Chennai: Hajime Odagawa, Consul, Consulate-General of Japan, recently inaugurated sanitation facilities at schools in Nilgiris, Tamilnadu.

In his speech, he said, “Under the Japanese Government’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, 128 toilets and 10 hand-wash stands have been successfully installed at 13 schools in Nilgiris. Today, they are ready for use by students.”

As an essential infrastructure, these facilities will improve sanitary conditions and the overall learning environment for the students. We also hope they will encourage girls in particular to stay in school by providing hygienic and safe facilities, as well as promote inclusive education through accessible Western toilets. In addition, the toilets will help prevent pollution in local communities, while the hand-wash stands will help control the spread of infectious diseases including Covid-19.

Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects has been supporting projects designed for the well-being of grassroots communities for over 30 years.

“This scheme, however, cannot succeed without local partners dedicated to the service of their communities. In this regard, we are fortunate to have been able to work with the Rural Development Organisation, a leader in empowering the people of Nilgiris,” he said.

 

NT Bureau