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The Road Safety Class 2015-2019

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The Road Safety Class 2015-2019

Initiative details

Describe the characteristics of your target audience 
3rd and 4th graders in Bucharest, children aged 8-10 who learn how to be safe when they are outside and play. What is more, we hope to make them speak to their parents and to convince them to respect rules such as always putting on their seat belt or not crossing on the red color of the traffic...

Organisation details

Please describe the main road safety challenges/problems you have addressed or are addressing. 
Unfortunately, Romania is one of the worst performers in improving road safety from EU. Even from his accession to UE Member States, Romania keeps leading in the top 3 countries with the most road accident fatalities in UE. <br><br>•For example, Romania and Bulgaria were the EU Member States with the highest road fatality rates in 2018, according to preliminary figures published by the European Commission (EC). In fact, Romania and Bulgaria were the only two EU states with a fatality rate higher than 80 deaths per million inhabitants. For the majority of Member States, the road fatality rate was below 60 deaths per million inhabitants in 2018.<br><br>•There were around 96 deaths per million inhabitants in Romania last year, and 88/million in Bulgaria. The rate reported for Romania was 4% lower in 2018 vs. 2017 and 21% lower when compared to 2010, the same data show. Still, Romania ranks first, far away from the European Union average of 49 deaths per million inhabitants and much further from the EU countries with the lowest rates such as Denmark (30/million), Ireland (31/million), and Sweden (32/million). <br><br>•In this regard, we started The Road Safety Class project, where we aim to educate children on how to act as responsable traffic participants, because we belive that for the long term, the education may be the key of all problems.<br><br>•Moreover, we are aware that the infrastructure is maybe the biggest problem in this equation, but our statistics show that the poor road safety education in Romania, which results from the high number of accidents caused by pedestrians and by the high number of children involved in accidents, are at least as important as the infrastructure. • These being said, our project's mission is not only to fight against the lack of<br>awareness by increasing the attention to this issue, but to change the attitude and most important... to educate!
What are your objectives? 
Increase the road safety education level
Train 25,000 3rd & 4th graders yearly
Increase the involvement level of public authorities
Increase the awareness of children, parents and road users about the importance of traffic rules in the proximity of schools

Road Safety Class is a project which was developed between 2015 and 2019 throughout Bucharest, the Capital of Romania, reaching not less than 65.000 kids. The project is informing 3rd and 4rd graders about the traffic rules and the importance of respecting them. Nowadays, Road Safety Class...

Project activities

List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Monday, 2 March, 2015 to Saturday, 14 March, 2015
Name of action 

• The Road Safety Class - 1st Edition - 3rd and 4th graders
*pilot project in collaboration with Local Police, developed in only one district of Bucharest out of six*
- 1000 children
- 10 schools involved
- 30 teachers involved
- 4 policemen
- 3 volunteers
- 5000 awarnessed citizens
- 4 members of the project team

Sunday, 15 November, 2015 to Tuesday, 15 December, 2015
Name of action 

• The Road Safety Class - 2nd Edition- 3rd and 4th graders
*in collaboration with Local Police, developed in only one district of Bucharest out of six*
- 3500 children
- 34 schools involved
- 100 teachers involved
- 10 policemen
- 45 volunteers
- 20.000 awarnessed citizens
- 6 members of the project team

Monday, 20 March, 2017 to Thursday, 13 April, 2017
Name of action 

• The Road Safety Class - 3rd Edition- 3rd and 4th graders
*from the 3rd edition, The Road Safety Class collaborates with National Romanian Police and expands to all schools from all the districts of Bucharest*
- 10,000 children trained
- 65 schools involved
- 300 teachers involved
- 20 policemen
- 75 volunteers
- 40.000 awarnessed citizens
- 8 members of the project team
We invite you to take a look at how one day of the The Road Safety Class takes place:

Monday, 6 November, 2017 to Friday, 8 June, 2018
Name of action 

• The Road Safety Class - 4th Edition - 3rd and 4th graders
- 25,000 children
- 130 schools involved
- 700 teachers involved
- 25 policemen
- 90 volunteers
- 500.000 awarnessed citizens
- 15 members of the project team
Here is a video with members of the core team that developes The Road Safety Class project:

Monday, 22 October, 2018 to Friday, 31 May, 2019
Name of action 

• The Road Safety Class - 5th Edition - 3rd and 4th graders
- 25,000 children
- 140 schools involved
- 800 teachers involved
- 25 policemen
- 100 volunteers
- 1.000.000 awarnessed citizens
- 15 members of the project team
We invite you to take a look at the teaser video of 5th edition:

Monday, 1 October, 2018 to Friday, 2 November, 2018
Name of action 

• "Be responsible on the street!" - kindergarten project
*national partnership with Walt Disney Company and Romanian Police*
- 12 counties + Bucharest, capital of the country
- 18,000 children
- 180 kindergartens
- children aged 4-6
The EDIT Association, in partnership with the Walt Disney Company and the Romanian Police, has carried out the roadside education campaign "Be responsible on the street!", to support children aged 4-6, their parents and educators in the process learning safety rules and responsibilities on the street. Thus, 18,000 children from 180 kindergartens in Romania received educational materials in October to find out what the correct street behaviors are.

Monday, 6 November, 2017 to Friday, 15 June, 2018
Name of action 

• Road Safety Class - public spaces events
We took The Safety Road Class further and organized some events, safety road based, in commercial spaces and parks characterized by intense traffic of people. Thereby, in the 2017-2018 school year, we developed 5 workshops from which 3 concerned safety road and the other 2 were first aid lessons.
In June of 2018, we organized an complex event of defensive driving in the parking lot of Bucharest Mall where we had safety road workshops, bike trails with obstacles, rally car and professional drivers together with the representatives of Romanian Police, promotions and lots of prizes for our supporters and another similar event in one of the most popular parks of Bucharest.
Please, be kind to receive our invitation to watch the video presentation of our public events:

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016 to Thursday, 13 June, 2019
Name of action 

The Road Safety Class Layout Contest - 3rd and 4th graders
The Road Safety Class is not supposed to be only theory presented to the pupils. The Road Safety Class dynamically combines theory and practice, interactive games and real-life situations. In this regard, at the end of Road Safety Class, each classroom is invited to make a layout in which to implement everything they have learned within the classes. The best school layout will be chosen by it's school teachers in the first stage. After that, EDIT Association organize a popularity contest on Facebook for every district of Bucharest followed later by a popularity contest between the top three of each district. The winners are invited to the Award Ceremony where they receive mountain camps tickets for a week and other special prizes.

Friday, 10 June, 2016 to Thursday, 13 June, 2019
Name of action 

Award Ceremony of The Road Safety Class - 3rd and 4th graders
Starting from the 2nd Edition of Road Safety Class, every project has ended with an Award Ceremony where all the institutional partners, sponsors and the winning classes of The Road Safety Class Layout Contest, together with the pupils and their teachers and parents, have been invited. At the Award Ceremony, we reward with countless awards and with one week mountain camps, the best layouts chosen from all over the Bucharest's schools. These being said, Award Ceremony is also an opportunity to celebrate the end of the actual edition of Road Safety Class and look forward for the next one!


What has been the effect of the activities? 
-The project is in its fifth year of progress. On its 3rd edition, in 2016, we started a study in which we observed the pupils' capacity to understand information offered during class. The study revealed that the manner in which we teach the road safety aspects to children is comprehensible and easy to learn. However, this quantitative study couldn't provide us information regarding the manner in which the pupils begin to implement the aspects discussed with the lecturers. On the 5th edition, in 2019, we've launched a vast research endeavor in which we studied the children's living environment regarding road safety. We've conducted a survey on 1000 pupils from which we've learned about the inappropiate conduct they've been exposed to.For the upcoming edition, we will integrate the information we've gathered so far in order to involve the childrens' parents, who are the first and most intimate vectors of teaching responsibility in traffic.In addition, we will involve the childrens' teachers in order to provide us with feedback.
How have you shared information about your project and its results? 
We conduct studies and research which we make public to the authorities, public and media institutions.<br>Moreover, we invest in comunication and promotion on social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and we power up some public events and press conferences after the projects we have ended.
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities? 
External evaluation
Internal evaluation
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
Before, after and continuous monitoring
Please describe the evaluation tools you use (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) 
We used and are still using surveys as evaluation tools;
feedback forms;
questionaires targeting some basic concepts of road safety behaviours

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