With the sole aim of protecting children from falling prey to road accidents, Nirmala Charles Raj, 54, agreed to be one of the 2,500 teachers who got training in pedestrian road safety from the Brihanmumbai Mahapalika Shikshak Sabha. Since the last three years, Raj has been training schoolchildren in road safety.
“The work does not involve big money, fame, or any other attractions. My job is simple. I learn and then pass on the information to others,” she said.
Having trained around 20,000 children this year, Raj visits various government and private schools and organises traffic training sessions for children aged 6-14. “Children are given information on basic traffic rules such as using footpaths or zebra crossing. We try to convey that traffic policemen are our friends and we should cooperate with them for our own safety,” said Raj.
Students are trained through interactive sessions involving games, charts and powerpoint presentations.
“For instance, during the road safety fortnight in January, we revised the safety lessons with students. We conduct tests in the form of essays, elocution and competitions. There should be appropriate application of knowledge,” she said.