In 2015, Plan International and Cummins partnered on a child safety initiative across six target schools in four cities in China. The project included the co-development of teaching and learning materials on “Child Safety Education” for children, teachers, and volunteers. In the spirit of participatory development, both teachers and youth were asked to input into the selection of topics, which ranged from common accidents and transportation safety to precautions around child trafficking and emergency situations. The curricula was distributed widely in targeted schools and offices, through Plan International China Program Units, and among partner organizations.
The project also built local capacity using a Training of Trainers approach for more than 20 volunteers and teachers on child safety procedures, resulting in dozens more trained adults and students. Cummins’ support allowed for much-needed physical improvements to the target schools as well, including installation of a solar-powered generation system and safety ladders.