Hyderabad: A different kind of bell is ringing in the schools of Telangana, this time to remind the children of their health.
‘Water bells’, a concept that is already catching up in schools in Kerala and Karnataka, have reached Telangana schools too, with the bells to ring at regular intervals during school hours to ensure that children stay hydrated.
Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy ordered District Educational Officers in the State to implement water bells in schools. Under the initiative, the bell would be rung thrice to remind children to drink water.
Several schools, including private and government schools, are already implementing the ‘water bell’ concept. The Zilla Parishad High School at Venavanka in Karimnagar district and Suraram village in Warangal started a water bell model abiding by instructions passed by the Education Minister.
Rainbow Primary School in Vanasthalipuram, which also recently introduced the concept, is already receiving positive feedback from students and parents.
“The bell will ring twice a day to remind students to drink water. The instruction from the Education Minister came at the same time when most of the parents were complaining that their kids are not drinking enough water in school, which is resulting in unwanted health issues. So we implemented the concept,” says Savitha Kamatagi, principal of Rainbow school.
The idea of a water bell first came up in Kerala, where many school-going kids were falling sick due to less water intake. Water deficiency in children may lead to obesity, urinary tract infection, dehydration, irritability and poor physical performance.
“The water bell is not merely for children, but for teachers too who often neglect water intake amid a busy schedule in school hours,” says Rachna Bhattacharjee, principal at Unicent School.
However, several students from government schools are in the hope that this move will improve water and toilet facilities in their educational institutions as well.
Chava Ravi, general secretary, Telangana State United Teachers Foundation said, “We welcome the idea of implementing water bells in schools. The move will definitely boost children’s well-being since most of the students in schools, especially girls refrain from drinking enough water owing to many reasons like lack of proper toilets in schools and water scarcity. Thus, the State government has to ensure that drinking water connection is also available in all schools.”