Safe Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization working towards the prevention of unintentional injuries to children at home and on the road. The road safety program, “Safe Kids Walk This Way”, sponsored by FedEx organized an Animated Puppet Making Workshop for 40 Children from various schools from 11 to 14 years of age. Puppet making is a means to create a fun learning experience on Road Safety. Puppet Show is one of the very powerful and engaging educational tools to spread knowledge and awareness among people.
In this workshop the children were trained to make puppets from recycled materials easily available at home and school. The puppets represented human figures like Parents, Children, Traffic Police, etc. In addition to this, the children will be trained to write the script for the show and perform the show with the puppets they have made. The children enacted a show on Road Safety scenarios which included topics like Safe Walking, Safe Crossing, etc. A trained team from the Puppet House conducted the session on the Puppet Making.
This helped children to learn the importance about road safety and at the same time be creative with the subject and express their opinions. This interactive workshop was conducted in collaboration with East Mumbai Bharat Scouts and Guides where children from 10 schools Villa Teresa High School, Lilavatibai Podar High school, J. B. Petit High School, Walshingham Girls High School, The Alexandra Girls High School, Maneckjee Cooper Education Trust School, J.B Vachcha High school, Christ Church School, and Pawar Public School participated.
Rupa Kothari, Managing Trustee & Executive Director, Safe Kids Foundation, India said, “It has been a constant effort of Safe Kids Foundation to disseminate complex road safety information to children in simple, fun loving and creative manner. The animated puppet making workshop is one of its kind and is sure to motivate and inspire the children to understand the issue of road safety and promote it among their peers and families. As Safe Kids Foundation firmly believes, “no injury is acceptable, all injuries are preventable.”