Safety Class at Gateway Public School

Safety Class

Safety Class

On July 19th we conducted the Safety Class to 75 students in attendance, aging from 6years old to 12 years old. The students were very excited to receive a book, and loved the bright colors, and fun characters. I believe that kept the younger children’s attentive. Though the school is an English medium school, the children speak Telugu a lot more frequently, and feel more comfortable speaking in Telugu. To make sure that they completely understood the book, and the importance of safety, I read the book in English, and had another teacher translate in Telugu. IMG_8789

The children were very receptive to the class, and there were many things in the book that they needed to learn, but nobody has taken the time out to tell them.Do not speak to strangers was a new concept to them, because in their small town, they have the understanding that everyone is their friend, and everyone is their “uncle” or “aunty”. Also your body is yours, and nobody should take advantage of it, was also a very great concept in this book. Though I could tell the girls, and guys were very shy around each other when talking about it, I did tell them that the next school day, if they had any questions, they could ask me. I know this concept is very important in our current society, and I could not stress enough how careful the children should be, especially the girls. On Monday I spoke to the girls alone, and told them how careful they should be, and that when they feel a touch, no matter where is uncomfortable, that they should tell someone RIGHT away, and also get away from the situation. Important guidelines that they are not taught about.
All in all I think this class really helped the children, and they were very excited to go home and tell their parents, and some even their grandparents. I believe we have made a BIg difference in their lives.
Thank you to Ms. Chanana Raju, and Ms. Sumana Rao the writers of this book for donating the book to Gateway Public school, and helping these children stay safe.
~Timbrel Adidala
Vice President of ANCER