The creation of the World Toilet College and the GIWA Academy was recently announced by Swami Chidanand Saraswati, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) and Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), in collaboration with Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization as well as Nitesh Kapoor, Regional Director, RB South Asia, makers of Dettol and Harpic.
The educational institutions, which have been designed to complement and enhance Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission, will provide people with the targeted skills and knowledge they need to ensure that the goals of clean and healthy Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all can be met. With campuses to be located at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh and in Delhi, the World Toilet College will be officially launched on 19 November, which is the United Nations’ International World Toilet Day.
The World Toilet College and GIWA Academy will provide an array of classes, including Toilet Building 101, Behaviour Change Communications, Washroom Cleaning, Sanitation Policy, and entrepreneurial training.
“From the central government to the proud toilet cleaner, the World Toilet College and GIWA Academy will provide inspiration, skills and opportunities. Learners will be equipped to work, and to work well together, through training them to be professionals in sanitation", said Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization.
Nitish Kapoor, Regional Director – RB South Asia further added, “This is an initiative we are supporting and partnering with under our Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign and will contribute much needed skills to drive sustainable behaviour change. RB is proud to be associated with its partners, World Toilet Organization and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, to create the first World Toilet College.”