Friday 29 August 2014

Traffic Awareness Rally conducted at Maharashtriya Mandal School

On 6th of September every year, Action For Pune Development celebrates International Youth Social Service Day. This initiative was started by Aakash Shah to get the maximum participation of youths and to make them aware about various evils and problems faces by the society. This year,  We decided that we would concentrate on the priorities given in My World 2015 and World We Want survey. We combined My world 2015 and Social Service Day and approached various schools in Pune. Amongst all the schools, the one that gave us immediate support was Maharashtriya Mandal School which is located on Tilak road in Pune City. It was decided that the school will work on the priority 'Better transport and road' from the  My World survey. The plan was to have a traffic awareness rally on Tilak road, which is one of the busiest roads in the city and to promote traffic rules and road safety. All the students of the school along with My World 2015 youth ambassadors Ms.Natasha Kanvinde, Ms.Sawani Khurjekar, Ms.Krinjal Lalwani, Ms.Shreya Inamdar and I were involved in making various posters about traffic safety. The teachers of the school supported us immensely. All the youngsters that were present there felt like City Changers and supported another United Nations campaign 'I am a city changer'. On 27th August we set out for the rally. The five of us along with 5 teachers from the school and 500 students of the school. We started walking from the front gate of the school shouting out slogans, making the people aware as well as the students. It was a 2.5 kilometer walk and back to the school back gate. In this small walk we managed to make the students aware about the need of traffic safety, about simple rules like wearing a helmet, a seat belt, and how these small things can save us from so many accidents. I want to thank Action for Pune Development(APD), Aakash Shah (Founder and President , APD) , Ms. Shivani Pise (Convenor , International Youth Social Service Day , 2014) United Nations for giving us this amazing opportunity.