In what was one of the largest youth-led, urban cleaning drive held in the Indian capital, over 5000 students came together for a mass cleanliness campaign in Delhi University North Campus on Friday.
Organised by Leaders For Tomorrow, a youth leadership movement and held in accordance with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the drive was a part of an on-going 30 day-youth Development Festival, held across various parts of the city.
The students, divided into various groups, picked up trash, cleaned premises, raised slogans and conducted street plays on the importance of cleanliness.
“Mass Cleanathon sees such a large gathering of youth from across the campuses of Delhi uniting for a social cause, cleanliness, which is now a great priority across the country,” said Aditya Saxena, one of the key organising members of the event.
“The event becomes an inspiration for the youth to further contribute as young change-makers in the society,” he said.
This year marks the ninth edition of the event.
“We are leading change as change starts from an individual. And all of you are changemakers,” said Binoy Job, founder, Leaders For Tomorrow, while he addressed the youth.
The Development Festival, spanning the full month of March, is organised in partnership with the American Centre of the US Embassy.
It brings together a million youth in Delhi, in various events, including a food donation campaign, an Entrepreneurship Summit and book and clothes collection drives, various campaigns, among others.