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Where knowledge and sanitation are poor

Written by Aashish Gupta on October 15th, 2013

The Hindu published a hard-hitting op-ed three days ago in which Dr. Krishna Kumar, one of India’s leading educationists, rues that “the impact of poverty on children’s life at school and learning is understood rather vaguely not just by educational planners, but teachers too”. In discussing these knowledge gaps which create knowledge gaps for Indian children, Dr. Krishna Kumar discusses some of rice’s research as well, when he says,

Frequent illness, especially on account of stomach-related problems, is common among children who live in conditions characterised by poor sanitation. A recent study has shown how filthy surroundings, in which faecal material mixes with water and food, weaken the capacity to absorb nutrition.

In another column in the same newspaper, Kalpana Sharma, who regularly writes important articles about women’s rights, discusses sanitation as a women’s issue, while also wanting it to become an important issue in the upcoming 2014 Indian general elections.