Khagaria resident Asmita Bharti helplessly watches her friends falling sick every year in unhygienic conditions during flood. But next year, she would be able to help them out.
On Wednesday, the Class IX student of Rajkiya Kanya Madhya Vidyalaya and around 100 like her from various districts learnt how to protect themselves from ailments during natural disasters. They returned home enlightened after attending a Unicef programme in the state capital on awareness about disasters.
The programme — launch of state platform on children and disaster risk reduction in Bihar — was held in collaboration with Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute and non-government organisations.
Asmita said: “Every year during flood in our village, we do not have access to pure drinking water. Many children fall sick. The worst part is we cannot go to school for a long time and our studies suffer.” She added that protecting children during and after natural disasters should be a priority.
The programme ended with the students signing a charter demanding safety while going to school and uninterrupted education during disasters among other issues.