Kerala Public School students watch a documentary film on safety on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Stop says the red light, go says the green, wait says the yellow blinking in between.
This jingle, coined by the Mango-based Kerala Public School (KPS), is one of the creative ways to spread awareness about road safety, both in and outside the campus, among its students.
The school organised an inter-school documentary filmmaking competition on Friday, the concluding day of its safety week.
The event, which saw three cradles — Kerala Samajam Model School, Kerala Public School, Burmamines and Kerala Public School, Kadma — participating in it, required the students to submit documentary films, not exceeding 10 minutes in length on the safety theme.
“The safety awareness week is an annual event that we hold. The aim is to involve all students, right from pre-primary to high school, and ensure that safety habits are inculcated in them from the very start. From counselling of students to talking to their parents, we leave no stone unturned to spread the word,” said Tanuja, assistant SAFE Club co-ordinator of KPS, Mango.
She added that the other events held during the week included a mock fire drill, which taught the students how to evacuate a building quickly in case of an emergency. A rally was also taken out by students in Mango, where they approached commuters to them aware of road and traffic rules.
The school authorities also had a session with auto-rickshaw and van drivers, where they asked them to obey traffic rules and not overload passengers.
This apart, the SAFE Club also received as many as 35 entries from Class VI students who were asked to pen down their thoughts on safety.
The best poem, a piece on traffic safety submitted by a student Iffat Zaveria, was read out in the school assembly on Thursday. A slogan writing contest and a meet on safety training by Tata Steel was also part of the weeklong awareness campaign.
“During counselling, we ask parents not to gift sports bikes to their wards. Let them earn their fancy wheels. Parents are always welcome to drop in on a Saturday and discuss problems with us,” said teacher Lakshmi Sharat.
“Awareness is more today, but we have a long way to go,” Tanuja summed up.