New Delhi: Amid coronavirus fears, it’s essential to take all the necessary precautions in order to maintain safety and hygiene, however children often forget that. Taking a note of the same, a social robot has been deployed in some schools of Delhi which will nudge kids to to give fresh approach to hygiene. Also Read - Global Handwashing Day 2017: This Year's Theme & Importance of Hand Washing in Disease Prevention
A robot named Pepe is going to be deployed at Delhi’s 19 co-educational schools run by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) . Each Pepe robot, will be mounted on the wall above a hand washing station near washrooms to inspire around 20,000 children studying in these schools to wash their hands properly before eating or after playing. Also Read - Knowledge and practices of handwashing 'abysmally poor':study
Not just that, Pepe will also interact with children as they pass by sink and encourage them to practise proper handwashing.
The robot which comes at a minimal cost of Rs 7000, has been developed by researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in collaboration with the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University in India.
Talking of the initiative, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the President of of the Sikh body said, ”This is being done to promote hygiene practices including hand washing with soap among children and strengthen access to water, sanitation and hygiene in all schools run by DSGMC.”
He said that DSGMC will survey each school’s needs and physical layout and then construct and install the best options for each school so as it could facilitate maximum students.
Sirsa said that entire process will be completed very soon on priority basis andaAn exclusive mobile App will also be developed for monitoring the success of programme.