CHENNAI:The Automobile Association of Southern India (AASI) released a booklet to educate schoolchildren in the age group between five and 15 on the topic of road safety at the Ramakrishna Mission school in T Nagar on Wednesday.
Padmashri Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti received the first copy of the booklet from Swami Padmasthanandaji Maharaj, secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram. TD Sadasivam, president of AASI, and MS Srinivasan, vice-president of AASI, were present at the event.
The booklet has colourful illustrations and instructions in simple and lucid English for following traffic rules while walking on the road. The book also includes instructions for children not to use cell phones while walking on the road or travelling in the bus and dedicates seven pages on the signs and traffic used by traffic policeman.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti said that such information should be included into the school syllabus right from the primary level. “When we were growing up, there weren’t these many vehicles, but now the number has risen manifold. Thus, road safety has become a very important part of a child’s education. It’s my view that it can be included in school curriculum, but not in a very detailed manner,” he said. The event concluded with the children taking an oath on ‘Save Kids Life’.