National Safety Science Campaign Continues To Grow
According to the World Health organization, approximately 830,000 children around the world lose their lives each year from unintentional or accidental injuries. A majority of these occur in lower- and middle-income countries. Not only are unintentional injuries a major threat to the life of children over the age of 5, they are also the leading cause of disability in children.
Considering child injuries are a growing public health issue, it is important to instill safety in young minds by means of fun-filled, activity-based programs at the school level. As a result, the National Safety Science Quiz was launched in India as a small scale, city-wide contest for schools in 2013.
Since then, the program evolved into the National Safety Science Campaign, a multiformat competition that invited participation from students from grade IX to XII in its fourth edition in 2017. Building on the success of the NSSQ, the comprehensive plan for NSSC involves expanding the outreach to children from younger age groups and involving several stakeholders in the school set up—teachers, principals and parents and eventually, policymakers in the education sector.
Harnessing the support of schools, community and stakeholders in the ten cities, NSSC is paving a way forward to raise safety awareness among India's children and elevate safety as a science.
For more info on NSSC, please visit www.ulnssc.org