Guru Nanak Higher Secondary School’s diary. (Prashant Mitra)
A school diary that doubles as a guidebook for traffic rules.
In a bid to make students aware about traffic safety norms, Guru Nanak Higher Secondary School in Ranchi’s Pee Pee Compound has come out with an innovative diary, setting an example other institutions could well follow.
Through pictorial representations and supporting text, the diary educates users about road signs like no-entry and no-overtaking zones, when to stop and go while travelling, zebra crossing rules, and the like.
According to principal in-charge Manohar Lal, the idea behind incorporating the guidelines in the school diary was simple. Since every student had a diary, which is used for writing home-work and timetables, the intended message would reach each of them.
"At first, we thought of a separate booklet on traffic rules and regulations, but then decided to include these awareness messages in our school diary. A booklet would not have had the same impact,” he said.
Not only students, the awareness messages would also reach the guardians as well, as teachers often wrote in the diaries, which needed to be seen and signed by the parents.
The awareness messages have been printed on the inner cover of the diary, which according to the principal, was deliberate.
"As soon as you open the diary, the messages will catch your attention. Upon going through them regularly, it will have an impact on students,” he said.
It’s not the first time that the school has come out with such a diary. Last year, the theme was “save water”. However, in this session, the focus was traffic rules after a Class XI student, Rampreet Singh, died in a road accident near Millennium Tower in Ranchi in December, 2011.
" It was a very unfortunate incident. He was a bright student and a good sportsperson too. He was returning home on a bike after school when he met with an accident and died on the spot,” Lal said, adding that a number of accidents involving young students were reported last year.
The school has around 3,500 students on its roll from nursery to Class XII.
"Almost every parent has given us an undertaking that they won’t allow their children to use bikes without a licence. We maintain all records and forward details to the district administration as well. We have 10 school buses for students while many parents drop and pick up personally,” the principal in-charge claimed.