Students of Kerala Samajam Model School, Jamshedpur, perform a play on safety on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Kerala Samajam Model School in Jamshedpur began its annual Safety Week from Monday, keeping in mind the well-being of students both on and outside its Sakchi campus.
Ruchi Narendran, chairperson of the SAFE Club, inaugurated the programme, which lays special focus not only on students, but also on parents and drivers.
The week-long events will cover various topics. The first day saw senior students stage a nukkad natak on cyber, social, electrical and road safety.
A live demonstration on road behaviour was given outside the school, where students played traffic cops, pedestrians and commuters. A safety mascot named Safey was launched and primary students were taught the correct way to cross a road, using the zebra crossing.
“We cannot do anything apart from making parents and drivers understand. The school buses and vans come grossly overcrowded as parents are often unwilling to shell out a few more bucks. We organise the Safety Week annually so that everyone learns about necessary precautions and implements them in their lives,” said school principal Nandini Shukla.
A host of awareness programmes are lined up for each day, involving children from Classes I to XII. Films, collage-making, slogan writing, quiz and a safety rally are some of the events set to unfold.
DSP (law and order) Kanhaiya Upadhyay and traffic DSP R.M. Sinha will hold safety talks with students of Classes IX to XII on the school premises on Tuesday.
Later in the week, a drivers’ meeting with parents will be organised on how to follow traffic rules. The auto and van drivers will be instructed to put safety bars, carry less number of children and drive safe to avoid accidents.
Another school in the steel city, Dayanand Public School in Sakchi, too organised a safety training for its teaching staff on Monday.
Tata Steel’s safety department imparted the training that dealt in self-discipline, traffic regulations, road signs defensive driving tricks and importance of helmets.