“Catch them young” -Preparedness for brighter and safer future

“Catch them young” -Preparedness for brighter and safer future

DARBARI LAL DAV MODEL SCHOOL ND BLOCK PITAMPURA,DELHI
2014/2015
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The Project aims to raise awareness in and around the school area in order to promote responsible behavior of children and parents as road users. This will attract the attention and support of public authorities, civil societies and children.

The ideas

Our school is situated at the main road of Pitampura surrounded by a dense residential area. This main road is a hub of all activities that includes a hospital, sports complex, a number of other schools in the close vicinity and a local market. Heavy movement of traffic on the road is a constant risk to the students to reach school in time. During the rush hour, the situation on the road becomes more difficult to handle.
The idea was to sensitize students and the community at large to follow traffic rules for safer movement and to create awareness on following the traffic signals, the use of helmets, seatbelts, and the use of a first aid kit in vehicles to ensure safer roads for our kids. Another obstacle was restricting movement of private cabs, city buses and vendors near the school gate in afternoon hour which makes the condition even worse.

The initiatives

To take a positive step towards bringing about awareness of road safety, we took up few initiatives of our own:

• Formation of Road Safety Club and Brigade in Dec. 2014
The main objective of this club is to sensitize students around the school on road safety and make them follow the rules, thereby making them grow into better citizens of tomorrow. This also includes regular meetings with students to chalk out the plan which will be followed for the entire year. A self-defence workshop of the club was organized from the 9th to 27th of April 2015, especially for the girls from classes VII to X in collaboration with Delhi Police Self-Defence Branch. The Training was imparted by six trainers. Among the invitees on the valedictory day were Ms Shivani (Self-Defense, in charge) and Ms. Usha (SHO). The camp proved to be a key success. This was initiated on the lines of ‘Prepare and Prevent, Don’t Repair and Repent’.

• ‘Be Aware, Be Safe’ - Road Safety Campaign
Road safety awareness campaign designed to address various issues at formative ages to cultivate the right attitude among students. Numerous innovative methods were designed like slogan writing, poster making, PowerPoint presentation, extemporaneous competitions, individual acts, face-to-face interactions etc. to provide a suitable environment for complying with the traffic rules. All these events helped in laying a strong foundation for imbibing positive behavior on following road safety measures. Our objective is to catch them young and prepare them to abide traffic rules in the future.

• Easy to use first- aid kit for all
All the students from classes IV-VII were asked to design a first aid box for their families, keeping in mind the quick medical aid required at the time of emergency. The students were required to keep all necessary items in the first aid box neat, which they took back to their homes. An environment was created in making parents, community and students acknowledge the importance of keeping the first aid box handy while travelling. As it is rightly said “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow”.

• A visit to local police station to interact with police personnel
The Road Safety Brigade of the school escorted by teacher facilitators visited local Police Station, Pitampura and interacted with police personnel. Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Inspector in charge, guided the entire Brigade on how they can further motivate other students to create greater awareness of road safety measures. The use of helmet while driving, wearing seat belts in moving cars, following the same lanes while driving, the importance of keeping a driving license, obeying traffic signals were some key subjects which were discussed during the interaction.
Working together will make a difference and will bring a desired change.

• Road Safety Awareness Walk
A special walk was organized by the Road Safety Brigade in the morning rush hours between 8.00 – 9.00 a.m. once a month, from December 2014 to May 2015. During the walk, we interacted with commuters on important issues: use of seat belts, use of helmets, first aid box and remembering about traffic signals. People who were not following the norms were politely asked to abide by the rules and a pledge was taken with them so that they remember to follow the same in future, making a path towards sustainable mobility which will last for a long time and will bring positive change in the society for a brighter and safer future.

• Regulating traffic in the rush hours near the school gate
One of the key issues was the traffic congestion around the school gate in peak hours. The Student Brigade was deployed on strategic positions in the morning and afternoon, helping the students to enter and depart from school premises safely. The Student Brigade helped the parents, students and cab-drivers in providing space for smoother movement, safe parking and a free-zone area around the gate so that movement could be made easy to all. A slogan that was used very often became very popular “Before you cross the street, use your eyes, use your ears and then your feet”.

The initiatives taken by the Road Safety Brigade of the school were found to be very successful with all around appreciation from parents, teachers, students and the community at large.

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