Please describe the main road safety challenges/problems you have addressed or are addressing.
According to most recent statistics, Romania occupies an unwanted first place among the European states with the highest rate of road accidents. It is known that children are some of the most vulnerable participants in traffic and they require careful and constant adult supervision. Also, according to ERSCharter, the age groups which are most exposed to unwanted road events are children aged below 10 and old people above 65. In the case of children, lack of attention as well as the lack of careful adult supervision are some of the causes of such high exposure.
What are your objectives?
The brochure and the educational package were distributed mainly to young children with the declared aim of promoting road safety among them from an early age.
The project consisted in three categories of road safety educational packages which address a number of 300 students in the preparatory class, the elementary classes and the gymnasium. The educational packages were created for each category. If children from elementary classes need to understand the basic rules, such as crossing the street with an adult or that traffic is not a safe place for them, the older ones must learn that crossing the street in a hurry or acting rudely in the vicinity of traffic is not ok. At the same time, 300 brochures with more traffic rules were distributed to children.The activities involved in the initiative consisted in: the creation and design of the brochure distributed to young children, its distribution in school, the translation and creation of the educational pack, the pre and post-activity questionnaires and distribution in school, as well as the collection of the responses.The chosen school for the project was one of those with medium and high risk of unwanted road events. The brochure was distributed mainly to young children with the declared aim of promoting road safety among them from an early age.
What has been the effect of the activities?
Both educators and children were very happy they were included in the initiative. When evaluating the first campaign, the educators saw the brochure as a very important step in educating young children on road safety. 91.7% considered it would have a great impact on the behaviour of young children while in traffic and requested that such initiatives be repeated.
How have you shared information about your project and its results?
The initiative was made public via the company website, the Facebook page of our weblog (Drumul in siguranta), as well as through stories in local and national media.
How many people did you reach/have you reached?
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities?
When did/will you carry out the evaluation?
Before and after the intervention
Please describe the evaluation tools you use (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.)
We created surveys which were distributed to educators and children before and after the program.