- The foundation day of the National Safety Council, India, is celebrated on March 4 every year to promote safety awareness and spread the culture of safety
- As a part of the National Safety Week, SEEDS led a series of activities centred around Child Safety
- As a part of the Honeywell Safe Schools Program, the awareness drive was organized to identify the safe and unsafe aspects within a community that affect a childs
- The initiative has reached out to 300 people in the area during the National Safety Week
New Delhi, March 13, 2019
SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) as a part of its Honeywell Safe Schools Program organized a community awareness drive on Child Safety this week to mark the foundation day of the National Safety Council, India. The community awareness drive was held at Shashi Garden Community, Patparganj, East Delhi. The initiative has reached out to 300 people in the area during the National Safety Week.
The community awareness drive by SEEDS and Honeywell India was centred on Child Safety, with the objective of working towards child safety not only at schools but at a community level as well. As a part of this effort, the awareness drive during the National Safety Week was focussed on micro-level risks at home or within a community.
A series of activities were held throughout the week to identify local risks, resources available to address the risks and the role of community stakeholders with respect to these risks. While it was found that the risks for children vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, the premise of child safety within a community needs to be looked into. During the week, SEEDS organized focus group discussions with different community stakeholders to identify risks and resources available through participatory mapping and stakeholder mapping
Based on the outcome of the week-long discussions with communities in East Delhi, volunteers from Honeywell India also participated in the drive to work along with the community to understand potential risks. A Hazard Hunt Exercise was undertaken wherein a transect walk was held within the community. The transect walk was held to identify different risks and hazards that children are exposed to along with key elements that ensure safety of the children. Honeywell volunteers and community members surveyed the nearby areas to identify these elements by clicking photos and documenting the same. Taking a cue from this activity an Ache-Bure-Nakshe activity was organized. Groups were given two sets of maps Ache Nakshe and Bure Nakshe to pin the clicked photographs onto the maps, thereby identifying the safe and unsafe elements that affect a childs safety. Basis the key findings of the community walk, Honeywell volunteers shared suggestions with the community members to tackle the identified risks.
Honeywell Safe Schools Program believes that safety of children is not only limited to the school building, but rather the entire community where children are present, making the matter of safety a concern for all. The foundation day of the National Safety Week is celebrated on March 4 every year to promote safety awareness. This year, the theme for National Safety Week is Cultivate and sustain a safety culture for building nation. SEEDS and Honeywell India have been organizing regular community awareness events in East Delhi to promote a culture of safety especially among children via a series of interactive activities. The objective of these ongoing activities is to get communities engaged, looking at different innovative modes to spark behaviour change.
About Honeywell Safe Schools Program:
Honeywell Safe Schools is a pioneering school safety program that brings a tailor-made, child-first approach towards risk reduction, empowering children to become change agents for building resilience in the communities. Funded by Honeywell India and implemented by SEEDS India, the program involves structural assessment of 50 Delhi government schools by engineers and architects; evaluation of risk perception among children, teachers and parents; and examination of preparedness in the face of any natural or manmade disaster. The program will reach 25,000 children, 40,000 parents, and 1,000 teachers in by 2020.
SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) is a not-for profit organisation that enables community resilience through practical solutions in the areas of disaster readiness, response and rehabilitation. Since 1994, the organization has worked extensively on every major disaster in the Indian subcontinent grafting innovative technology on to traditional wisdom. It has reached out to families affected by disasters and climate stresses; strengthened and rebuilt schools and homes; and has invariably put its faith in skill building, planning and communications to foster long-term resilience. SEEDS is also Indias first agency to be certified for the global Core Humanitarian Standards an international certification system for quality and accountability in humanitarian response. As SEEDS looks at completing 25 years of outstanding service to humanity, it is re-anchoring its approach to building resilience through innovation. It continues to empower the most vulnerable across Asia to build a better future.
For more information, visit www.seedsindia.org