#1 – All children and youngsters should receive high quality traffic safety and mobility education with continuity and progression
Traffic safety and mobility education is a life-long process and everyone, regardless of age, should therefore have access. Road safety is a shared responsibility and education on the topic is therefore the responsibility of everybody, especially parents, governments, education authorities, local authorities, and schools.
Road safety education is especially important for children and youngsters up to the age of 18 years old at kindergartens and schools. Children need to learn what is safe and what is hazardous to help them avoid harm in traffic. Road safety education will also prepare them to become safe road users, notably from the age of 13 years old, when they are traveling unaccompanied and progressively acquire access to powered two wheelers and cars.
Traffic safety and mobility education at schools is a structural road safety tool with which all children can be reached. It ensures that all children are taught, and that they are taught the same knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavioural values – regardless of their parents’ parental and socio-economic resources.
It is furthermore important that high quality educational material and interventions, adapted to age and maturity, are used. Ideally, traffic safety and mobility education utilises full suites of education programs which have been designed on a cumulative learning basis with each resource following on from the learning of the previous, in order to ensure continuity and progression.
To have a positive effect, projects should be well planned and evaluated. Projects that are poorly designed can have an adverse effect, and are therefore a waste of resources. Especially for schools it is important that they use the right material, as they only have limited hours and financial resources for lessons in road safety.
BEST PRACTICE EXAMPLES
Only in Ireland, Germany and the Czech Republic is traffic safety and mobility education given at all four levels of education (pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary). Therefore, from kindergartens through to elementary schools, high schools and thereafter, pupils and students receive lessons in being a safe road user. These three countries also perform better than the EU average when it comes to annual road deaths amongst children and youngsters under 18 years.