Role of School/College Education in Road Safety in India By DHRUVA TRIVEDY Country Head HUBERT EBNER (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
The formative years – a few questions• What level of imprinting your beliefs along with your own societies’ views should be handed down to your own children?• Do we believe that this is a critical investment in a child’s well being as they grow and mature to handle societies’ challenges from a group perspective.
The next few questions• Are we as parents conscious of this or are we still unconsciously influenced and get carried away by our traditional value systems? – Fanaticism because of sectarianism – Aggressiveness and reactive attitude because of regional influences – Competitiveness because of materialism (baby boomers)
What kind of education are we looking forward to, for our children?• Are we conscious or even aware?• Even if we are, are we proactive?• Do schools and colleges rise to the occasion? – Prioritise education or business? – If education, then confine to mainstream conventional subjects? – Principles of universal (business) values [Rushworth Kidder – Camden, Maine, USA] that rise above caste, community, creed, religion and nationality
Universal Ethics• love This is what schools/colleges need to• truth reinforce and rise above traditional• fairness values that negate harmony!• freedom• unity ...And this is the beginning of Road• tolerance Safety awareness !!• responsibility• respect for life
How to ensure such an education 1• Start mobilising opinion – Have conventions and conferences in different regions through educational institutions • Publicise through media • Have government dignitaries from the education sector to participate – Have events organised such as assessment of risks on highways and display how rudimentary values help in areas not exposed to road safety through school children and college students • Gather attention through media • Have Road Transport , Highway Authority representatives to participate
How to ensure such an education 2• Move the parliamentarians and legislators – Invite them to all road safety events – Build rapport with them to convince the need – Invite media attention• Demand Road Safety legislation as part of mandatory education in Schools and Colleges. – Categorise the education to be imparted at different levels so that repeats are not done but reinforcement becomes robust
Values of HE• Self discipline• Compassion• Perceptiveness
References• Values, Education and Human Rights: Challenges and suggestions – Dipankar Biswas• Indian mythology and ‘Garbh Sanskar’ – indianchild.com• Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel, Modernization, Culture Change and Democracy: The Human Development Sequence, NY: Cambridge university Press, 2005