SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society), in association with Honeywell India, concluded the Safety First-Honeywell Safe Schools roadshow at Rishikesh Bairaj, Haridwar. The Safety First roadshow had travelled the Dehradun-Haridwar corridor to sensitise and raise awareness among the communities. Over the past month, it has reached out to over 750 people across the two districts in Uttarakhand, spreading awareness about the comprehensive safety of children.
The Honeywell Safe Schools program aimed to act as a catalyst to bring about a culture of disaster resilience in Uttarakhand. Among the most populous districts, Dehradun and Haridwar already face risks from natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, and epidemics. The vulnerability has been compounded by rapid industrialization and unplanned expansion.
The roadshows across the Dehradun-Haridwar corridor were organized considering the disaster vulnerability of both districts. The Safety First Honeywell Safe Schools roadshow started from Dehradun, moved through towards Rishikesh and concluded in Haridwar covering key areas like Har ki Pauri, Prithviraj Chauhan Chowk, Ranipur Chowk, ISBT Road, Mussorie Road and Rajpur Road. It aimed to highlight risks critical to the safety of children, while they are in school, between home and school, in the community and even when they are at home.
Interactive activities like community group discussions and quizzes, as well as visual aids including standees, posters, and a short film were used to communicate the message of safety.
The program believes that a school is more than a building; it is a place for children to learn, play, to be inspired, and to be safe. This makes safety at an individual as well as community level a matter of concern for all.
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, the program currently 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 disaster.
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.
SEEDS completed 25 years of outstanding service to humanity in 2019, and 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