Today I came to know about the “Letter to Bapu” initiative by HRD Ministry. It is a part of “Swachhata Hi Sewa” campaign which is being organized from 11th September to 2nd October. Under the Letter to Bapu / Mahatama Gandhi campaign school students will write a letter to Bapu / Mahatma Gandhi on their commitments to cleanliness (Swachhata). This activity was planned for 13th September at many schools across India. Best letter will be awarded at the national level.
As we know that clean India was Mahatma Gandhi’s dream. Activities like these are befitting tributes to Bapu. As this year we are celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Bapu government of India in scheduling a lot of activities around it.
Letter to Bapu on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Details
Basically, there are two categories: Class 3 to 5 and class 6 to 12. The letter should be handwritten on A4 sheet and should not exceed 150 words. Total 6 entries (3 from each category) from each state will be sent to the Department of School Education in the HRD Ministry by schools.
I personally like this activity more because it is combining the two best things. First is cleaning the country and second is writing a handwritten letter. In the age of internet and chat apps, people are forgetting real emotion behind the communication. Letter writing ins a good way to teach kids about this way of communication.
Here we are giving you a sample letter to Bapu (One in each category). These sample letters may inspire more kids to take part in the competition and it might ignite a spark in their mind.
Sample Letter to Bapu (Class 6 to 12)
Date: 13 September 2019
My name is Amit Vaidya, I study in 8th standard at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi. Our teachers taught us that you had a dream of clean India. You sacrificed your life for our beloved country, but, we haven’t given anything back. So today, I thought at least I should clean my house, garden, and school.
Today, I take a pledge that I will not litter in public. I will help my parents in segregating dry and wet garbage at home. I will not use single-use plastic bottles, straws, etc. I will also tell my parents and relatives not to use plastic plates, cups, containers and decorative material at parties and functions.
I will use social media more responsibly, I will use it to share the message of cleanliness. I will participate in cleaning activities at school and society. I will try to make more and more people aware of the importance of cleanliness.
Bapu, I promise that I will use the freedom you gave us responsibly. I would also like to take the chance to salute you for all your sacrifices. I would also like to ask for your forgiveness for the blunders we made in the last 70 years. I promise that I will become a good citizen that you will be proud of.
Sample Letter to Bapu (Class 3 to 5)
Date: 13 September 2019
My name is Piya Sharma, I study in 3rd standard at St. Xaviers, Mumbai. You dreamed a clean India and I am working for it at my level.
I help my mother in segregating dry and wet garbage at home. I don’t throw candy wrappers on road now. I help my group in school to clean my class in recess. At Saturday, we all students pick up litter in the school.
I also asked my parents, siblings, and friends not to use single-use plastic bottles. Now I have a copper water bottle, it is good for health too.
Today I take a pledge that I will keep working on such good habits. I will devote my life to make India clean.
Note: Please note that these are sample letters, I have shared it so that kids will get ideas on how they can write a letter and share their ideas. If these letters helped you then give us a good rating. You can also share your thoughts on Letter to Bapu campaign in the comments box below.