SEEDS organises Safety Week in New Delhi
The ‘Safety Week’ was organized across different locations in East Delhi, with the aim to promote a culture of safety via a series of interactive activities.
International Day for Disaster Reduction is observed annually on 13th of October with a view to raise awareness about disasters and innovative ways to manage crises. Taking the month of October as a push for disaster preparedness, SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) along with Honeywell India as a part of their Honeywell Safe Schools program observed a‘Safety Week’ between 22ndto 28thOctober.During the Safety Week, via Flash Mobs, Nukkad Natak as well as the Maitreya - multi-stakeholder workshop, the outreach has reached 22,685 people in East Delhi.
The ‘Safety Week’ was organized across different locations in East Delhi, with the aim to promote a culture of safety via aseries of interactive activities. The objective of the activities was to get people engaged, looking at different innovative modes to spark behaviour change.
Asserting the need for community participation in this endeavour, Manu Gupta, Co-Founder, SEEDS said, “One of the key issues that SEEDS focuses on is child safety. The Honeywell Safe Schools Program focuses on empowering children to raise their voices. A key aspect of safety we feel needs to be addressed is the travel between school & home. In terms of the child’s security, parents fear this gap the most. A community watch system can help ensure that this gap area is covered. This model can be eventually implemented across the country. ”
With the intent to raise awareness on these aspects, flash mobs across popular metro stations and Shopping Malls in East Delhi took place from the start of the week. Similarly, theatre performances (Nukkad Nataks) and presentations in outdoor public spaces were held across eight communities in the area.
Aiming to strengthen community support on the issue of child safety, an action oriented multi-stakeholder workshop (Maitreya) was also organized. The Maitreya discussion threw up some interesting ideas such as counselling sessions for cab and bus drivers. There were also suggestions for a platform or forum to come forward with common child safety issues and find solutions.
To give the people a live demonstration of the dangers and risks associated with non-structural elements, a shake table of a typical house was set up in Shopping Malls. The activity showcased the damage that may occur in case of an earthquake to help them relate to the situation better and act as tool for awareness generation.
Honeywell Safe Schools Program has been striving to evaluate risk perception among children, teachers and parents and examining the level of preparedness in the face of any natural or man-made disaster. The baseline study conducted as a part of the program reveals perception about safe schools and reflects the low level of awareness on risk perception, disaster preparedness and response. It indicated that knowledge of emergency helplines which allows people to have immediate assistance and save themselves against loss of lives and property was appallingly as low as 1 percent. Highlighting the need to generate awareness among people on disaster preparedness, Honeywell volunteers engaged in Nukkad Nataks as well as coordinated and conducted quizzes by engaging with the participants in malls in East Delhi.
Considering the huge impact of disasters across India and the underlying risks which aggravate the situation, it is time that each citizen is aware and disaster prepared!
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