Nagarkurnool's Dinesh Wins Dettol Hygiene Olympiad 2.0

Reckitt's commitment to hygiene has motivated India's young minds to champion the domains associated with positive sanitation

Dettol Hygiene Olympiad 2.0 reached over 30 million students across 28 states and 8 union territories of India, including the last villages bordering neighboring countries.

India: Reckitt, world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, announced winners of the second edition of Dettol Hygiene Olympiad, the biggest hygiene Olympiad in India under Reckitt’s flagship campaign Dettol Banega Swasth India. The Olympiad was organized with the aim to raise awareness about the role that hygiene plays in preventing childhood illnesses. The 15 Olympiad winners, accompanied by their teachers, were felicitated at the launch of Dettol Banega Swasth India Season 10 in Mumbai.

Dettol Hygiene Olympiad 2.0 successfully reached over 30 million children across 28 states and 8 union territories in the country, empowering children even in the most remote corners of India with essential knowledge and best practices around handwashing hygiene. Students in 2500 gurukuls and other religious education schools also participated, with exam papers available to them in Sanskrit language to ensure accessibility to a diverse audience. The exam was divided into five levels for children aged 6 to 16 years, comprising Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) on health and hygiene. Students from class 1 and 2 appeared for level 1 examination; level 2 exam was taken by the students of class 3 and 4; level 3 exam was for class 5 and 6; level 4 for class 7 and 8; and level 5 was taken by the students of class 9 and 10. A total of 15 students (three in each level) across the country were awarded cash prizes, with the first position winning INR 50,000, second position winning INR 35,000 and third position winning INR 15,000.

Ravi Bhatnagar, Director, External Affairs & Partnerships, SOA, Reckitt, said, “Reckitt’s commitment to hygiene, health and sanitation has motivated India’s young minds to champion the domains associated with positive sanitation. We are delighted to witness the astounding results of the second edition of Dettol Hygiene Olympiad (DHO) that took on the formidable task of reaching the farthest corners of India; from Namsai and Anjaw, the last villages perched on the border of Arunachal Pradesh, to the remote Talala in Gujarat; from Uttarey near the Nepal border in Sikkim and Champai in Mizoram, to Budgam in Kashmir. It gave us immense pleasure to celebrate the success of children from different corners of India and are confident that their enthusiasm and knowledge will contribute to the country’s health progress.”

National winners

Ensuring last mile access and enlightening young minds with the correct knowledge about hygiene and sanitation, Dettol Hygiene Olympiad provides a nationwide platform to embrace positive sanitation. Through various engaging activities and the Dettol Hygiene Curriculum, Dettol Banega Swasth India remains dedicated to educating children about the six pivotal handwashing occasions through Dettol Hygiene curriculum programme which includes washing hands after defecation, and the use of toilets; before eating; before preparing and serving food; before feeding infants/children; after cleaning a child’s bottom, and after coughing/sneezing during illness. The program will be back for its third edition next year, with an aim to reach a greater number of children and achieve more positive impact.

Mentioned below are further details about the winner from Telangana:

Dinesh: Dinesh is a story of courage and perseverance. He belongs to PVT. Primitive Tribal Group of the Chenchu community, an aboriginal tribe living in and around Amrabad Tiger Reserve, Nagarkurnool, Telangana. He lost his mother at the age of 5 in the year 2014. His financial background hasn’t been favourable to afford education in private school and his father is struggling to meet the ends. While conducting the regular annual survey of tribal children, TWREIS (B) Mannanur school identified Dinesh among the ‘Out-of-School’ children as it is very prevalent in tribal children. The school got him enrolled as a residential student due to the complex family situation. Life hasn’t been just with Dinesh. He met with an unfortunate incident and his face, chest and hands suffered second degree burns. He was treated at Gandhi Hospital Hyderabad under Arogya Sree government scheme and has undergone three surgeries- One at the age of 04 and two at the age of 12. Regardless of all the challenges that came in Dinesh’s life, he has emerged as gem in all spheres of life. Dinesh has worked hard to develop good communication skills and out of 600 students he is the most interactive and expressive child. Dinesh is a disciplined, studious, self-motivated, and independent adolescent. He is good in sports and academics both and represent the school in various inter-school cricket competitions. Dinesh has got a very competitive spirit and as a result was also selected for zonal level Ignite Fest. Thanks to Dettol Hygiene Olympiad 2.0, Dinesh is stepping out of the Reserve area for the first time. It has given him the golden opportunity to shine in front of the world.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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