Happy associates with Team Swachh; plans pan India education movement

15 Mar,2016

By A Correspondent


Happy Creative Services has won the mandate for two design projects to the Team Swachh initiative: brand logo and identity; and the creation of a play-based school kit called the Team Swachh action kit. Happy won these design mandates after a multi-agency pitch held in Delhi by WASH United, a Berlin based non-profit organization, and UNICEF India, who have jointly initiated Team Swachh.


In support of the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission, Team Swachh seeks to spark a social movement for sanitation and toilet use. This movement plans to cut across urban and rural population, class, gender, age, region and religion to help make India a clean nation, where everyone uses a toilet. To achieve that, Team Swachh taps into what Indians unanimously love: cricket. And Sachin Tendulkar is the captain of this team. Team Swachh aims to move people from apathy to concern and taking action. By joining the movement, people become team members and will be given options, online and offline, to become active agents for change.


For the logo, the insight was that toilets alone won’t change India. People wanting to use toilets will. Hence, the logo merges the universal sign of good with the icon of an Indian toilet. The message: toilets are fantastic. The composition also brings out a keen eye for cleanliness. This logo was launched on 18th January 2016, with ICC and Sachin Tendulkar. And the Team Swachh initiative will be officially launched at the ICC T20 World Cup 2016.


The second design project – The Team Swachh Action Kit — is designed specifically for schools. It is based on the principles of play-based learning and rule-based habit formation. It uses thoroughly thought out, tested games and activities, interspersed with discussions. The team at Happy, WASH United and UNICEF India have collaborated to ensure that the activities in the kit create a joyful and exciting experience, while at the same time driving life-saving behavioural change. The kit is created in English, Hindi and Bengali. And it will be adapted in other official regional languages to reach schools across India.


Praveen Das, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Happy Creative Services, says, “Happy since inception has always been keen on communication for good. Team Swachh gives us an excellent opportunity not only in terms of doing good work but also working towards a bigger goal of educating the country on clean toilets and making India a young, healthy and vibrant nation.”


Kartik Iyer, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Happy Creative Services, adds, “We have always believed in work that makes a difference. It is a matter of great pride to be collaborating with WASH United and UNICEF. The cause, which is very basic, is something that our country needs to wake up to while we race into the next decade. We strongly believe in the solutions we have created for the movement. We look forward to a considerable impact by 2019.”


Sören Bruhn, Chief Creative Officer, WASH United says, “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Happy from day one. The Happy team very much bought into the goal of Team Swachh to create transformative social change across India and went above and beyond to deliver outstanding quality. We look very much forward to teaming up again on other projects.”


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