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Thursday , 22 February 2024

Call to include road safety in school curriculum

A.K. Upadhyaya, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) is reported to have called for road safety to be made a part of the curriculum in schools. He was delivering the keynote address at the valedictory function of the ‘National Road Safety Week 2012’ organised by the MoRTH along with International Road Federation (IRF) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, at the culmination of Road Safety Week in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by transport ministers of various states and union territories, senior police officials from different states, officials from SIAM, senior government officers of various ministries/departments and NGOs working in the field of Road Safety. Upadhyaya emphasised the need for inculcating the culture of road safety and respect for traffic rules in the impressionable minds of young children. This would help in reversing the trend of increasing road accidents and saving many precious lives that are needlessly lost. He said that the Ministry had prepared materials with road safety messages like wall calendars, posters in Hindi, English and regional languages, children’s activity books, books on road safety signage, and signs and computer mouse pads for free distribution to all Central Government Ministries, all State Governments and about 10,000 schools spread across the country, as a part of an awareness campaign on road safety.

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