As many as 165 trainers from 33 districts of Gujarat attended the Training of Trainers on Sujal and Swachh Gaon, organized in Gandhinagar of Gujarat from 26th to 30th November, 2019. The move is intended to strengthen the capacity of all stakeholders working at the Panchayat level across the State in order to ensure and sustain the gains of sanitation achieved under Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G).
The success of SBM-the largest ever behavior change campaign in the world, can also be attributed to the extensive focus on capacity building of a range of key stakeholders especially community influencers. As the programme graduates to the next phase of implementation, there is a need to strengthen capacity of existing human resources at various levels. Towards this, development partners, institutions of repute (with experience of training) having been helping in the rollout of capacity strengthening initiatives targeted at various stakeholders.
Under this initiative which will go a long way to sustain ODF status, various functionaries of the Gram Panchayat such as Mukhiya, Up-Mukhiya, Panchayat Sachiv, Swachhagrahi will be equipped to achieve the desired results. However, as a first step, ToT is being organized in various States.
The initiative includes taking up of open defecation free plus (ODF Plus) agenda and improving access to safe and secure water supply through Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) Program, ODF –S (ODF Sustainability), SLWM (Solid and Liquid Waste Management), MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management), etc.
In Gandhinagar, all participants were divided into three groups – Sabarmati, Narmada and Tapi for the sessions led by PriMove of Pune and organised by development partner UNICEF.
Topics covered during the sessions:
- Importance of sustainable water and sanitation service delivery
- Concept of Sujal and Swachh Gaon
- Introduction to Jal Jeevan Mission
- Drinking water availability and demand in the village
- Operation and Maintenance of Water Supply Scheme
- Essentials of water quality management
- Sustaining open defecation free status
- Operational plan for solid and liquid waste management
- liquid waste management and faecal sludge management
- Resource envelop for water and sanitation facilities
- IEC for Sujal and Swachh Gaon
The role of Swachhagrahis was also covered through the sessions on – Sustaining water and sanitation outcomes through Swachhagrahis; Functions of Swachhagrahis for creation of Swachh Gaon; and Development of skills in Swachhagrahis for conducting IEC and community mobilization activities.
The planning process for community led action towards the making of a Swachh Gaon and the kind of support that a district can extend to the process was also discussed in detail, prior to field visits.
During the visits, a demonstration of implementation tools was followed by a primary meeting and exercises in social mapping, assessment of water supply facilities and water budgeting; water quality assessment; seasonal mapping, natural resource mapping; household and institutional level assessment of water and sanitation facilities; sanitation walk and documentation.
Practical sessions were held on Sarpanch and Swachhagrahi training; and trainer Apps; as the role of field trainers in facilitation and organisation of training, and preparation of capacity building plan was stressed upon.