Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 03 November 2014 13:30

School Road Safety Education Programme

The Caribbean Development Bank in collaboration with the Government of Guyana, through the Ministries of Public Works and Education, have commissioned an international consultancy firm - TRL, to strengthen road safety in the curriculum and increase knowledge, skills and understanding among children and young people.

TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory commissioned to undertake the programme, has conducted a review of existing road safety delivery in schools and created a baseline of data in which to monitor performance over the next two years.

Following the completion of this review, TRL will be delivering two one - day interactive training workshops on November 3rd and 4th, 2014, to road safety education stakeholders along the West Coast Demerara Road Improvement Corridor. These training sessions will be held at the Leonora Secondary School, Leonora, West Coast Demerara. The focus of the workshops will be to build capacity among all road safety education stakeholders in preparation of a pilot project that will conclude in April 2016. If successful, the school road safety education programme will be implemented across the country.

The Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) currently leads road safety education in schools. Activities usually focus on ‘Back-to-School’ media campaigns and the training of students and teachers through the school safety patrol programme. Best practice recommends that road safety topics should be provided on a regular basis in the curriculum for the duration of a child’s academic tenure. Teaching should therefore reinforce existing concepts and introduce new skills as children develop. Good quality teaching materials and resources should be used to support the curriculum and ensure a standardised approach across the country.

Implementation of this school road safety education programme, will be coordinated by the Ministry of Education. The Ministry will be supported in delivering the programme by schools and teachers, the Guyana Police Force, Cyril Potter College of Education and the GNRSC.

Whilst TRL will advise on road safety good practice, the training workshops allow teachers, traffic police, GNRSC and other stakeholders within the Ministry of Education, to play an active role in the development of a road safety education programme that is appropriate for schools in Guyana. Participants will assist in identifying where road safety can be integrated into existing curriculum subjects. Once this is established, participants will begin the process of developing materials and resources that can be used to effectively raise awareness among students of the most prevalent safety issues affecting their age group.

Further training will be provided in March 2015 before the implementation of the pilot programme. TRL will monitor changes in the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of students towards road safety as a measure of the success of the pilot programme before making any necessary amendments to support national implementation.

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