With the aim of fostering secure mobility nationwide at the grassroots level, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) hosted the 9th Inter-School Competition on ‘Road Safety’ from December 07th to December 08th, 2023. In collaboration with Gyan Mandir Public School, Naraina Vihar, New Delhi, this event was part of SIAM's Road Safety Initiative, known as सुरक्षित सफर (SAFE JOURNEY). The two-day competition engaged students in various activities designed to raise awareness about issues related to 'Safe Mobility.'
The annual inter-school competition on Safe Mobility serves as an attempt to sensitize children to various issues related to road safety and to raise awareness about their responsibility towards themselves, their families, society, and the country at large. The event offers children the chance to explore and showcase their imagination and creativity, further enhancing their critical thinking skills to ensure safer mobility on roads.
The program comprised various competitions centered around the theme of SDG goal 3.6 – to reduce road injuries and deaths. Students from all age groups were involved in several activities, including 'E-Poster making,' 'Jingle,' 'Logo Designing,' 'Presentation on road safety,' 'Brochure Designing,' 'Movie Making,' 'Photography,' etc.
Approximately 1000 students from 38 schools participated in the inter-school competition. The activities were judged by experts in their respective fields, which ensured unbiased and transparent results.
Talking on the initiative, Mr. Prashant K Banerjee, Executive Director, SIAM, said, “Empowering young minds with the essence of road safety from an early age is paramount. Road safety is a collective responsibility that necessitates active engagement from all stakeholders to ensure the well-being of society and individuals. Our initiative blends education with interactive games, facilitating a more effective absorption of crucial road safety principles by children. Our enduring partnership with Delhi Traffic Police and Gyan Mandir Public School has been instrumental in advancing the cause of road safety. The overwhelming enthusiasm displayed by children from diverse schools during the program encourages us to continue organizing such competitions in the future, fostering a culture of safety and responsibility on our roads.”
The inter-school competition reflects SIAM’s commitment to advancing safer mobility and fostering a sense of responsibility among children to enhance the safety of Indian roads for all. Over time, SIAM has actively partnered with governments, corporations, and diverse stakeholders to promote the importance of Safe Mobility across the country.