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Students Stay Safe on Roads

Mayo county council has provided every school in the county with a Junior Road Safety booklet which aims to educate children on road safety. The initiative allows for one child in every school to take on the challenge of becoming a Junior Road Safety Officer. With the help of teachers the officer will communicate to the rest of the school the dangers on our roads and how to stay safe. The initiative is supported by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta and Mayo County Council.

The scheme began in Scotland and has been taken on by some Mayo schools. The introduction of this booklet now allows for every school in the County to take part. The resource is bilingual enabling Gaelscoileanna and schools in Gaeltacht areas to take part in the scheme. The booklet includes a year planner, hints and tips on how to educate fellow students about road safety and activities for every class.

Noel Gibbons, Mayo County Council Road Safety Officer:  “The importance of educating children about road safety has never been so important. Good habits are best formed at a young age and this resource will actively engage and educate each Mayo child on how to stay safe on the roads. By encouraging each school to have a Junior Road Safety Officer we are empowering children and reinforcing the messages of the stay safe code. I would like to thank Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta who helped us produce this bilingual booklet, as a Gaeltacht county we must enusre that children in Gaelscoileanna and in Gaeltacht areas have equal access to information about road safety.”

The booklet, which is available for download here, will also be made available to Local Authorities nationwide.

 



Posted: 23/05/2011

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