The Estonian Road Administration offers schools and children the opportunity to participate in various co-operation projects. Projects are intended in order to diversify traffic education in kindergardens and schools.
“Stop, Look, Be Sure!”
Pedestrians aged 8-14 are one of the risk groups according to the statistics of traffic accidents. This is why the Road Administration has been organising the “Stop, Look, Be Sure!” project for 5th and 6th year students of general education schools since 2015. The objective of the project is to teach students to pay attention to the safety of crossing the road on unregulated pedestrian crossings. The main target group of the project are students, but it is also aimed at teachers and local government representatives. At the start of the school year, students select dangerous road crossings near their schools under the instruction of their teachers. After doing this, the students will attend thematic training and then write the reminder STOP, LOOK, BE SURE! on the pavement next to these dangerous road crossings. This way, all the students of the school and other pedestrians will see this important safety message before they cross the road.
Examples of activities of schools:
Free cycling training for every 10-year-old child
The objective of the project is to increase the accessibility of cycling training for third- or fourth-year students. The Estonian Road Administration has been financing cycling training in schools to the extent of 50% within the scope of the project since. The remaining 50% is financed by the school or local government.
The Estonian Road Administration offers teachers the opportunity to participate in free training for cycling trainers and guarantees free study materials for students. The schools that want to participate in the project enter into contracts with the Road Administration and after the training has been completed, submit a report to the Road Administration which is the basis for funding.
Protect yourself and help others! (KEAT)
KEAT is a cooperation project of the Rescue Board, the Police and Border Guard Board, the Defence League, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, the Estonian Red Cross and the Road Administration. KEAT is a project with a long tradition (it has been running in Jõgeva County for over 22 years and for 7 years throughout Estonia).
Safety training for 6th year students of general education schools takes place within the scope of the project (or training is offered to teachers who will then discuss the topic with children). The project ends in every county at the end of the study year with a safety camp. A team of eight members from each school can take part in the camp. Our experience shows that there is a lot of interest in taking part in the project, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for schools to fit the lectures into their timetables, as the quantity of activities offered to them is extensive. The idea of integrating safety topics has been offered as a solution.
The project helps carry out traffic education at pre-schools in the format of outdoor learning. The traffic carriage is a cooperation project between the Road Administration, pre-schools and schools. School students make a removable traffic education course for pre-school children within the scope of the project. The project has been running throughout Estonia for three years and 13% of Estonian pre-schools have taken part.
The objectives of the project are:
- to provide new opportunities for traffic education at pre-schools;
- to support pre-school teachers in organising, planning and carrying out traffic education;
- to promote cooperation of schools and pre-schools in the area of traffic education (child safety, coping in traffic, threats on the way to school, etc.);
- to provide general education schools with the opportunity to diversify manual training.
Cones, removable zebra crossing, barricade tape, marking paint and traffic signs are provided by the Road Administration, but the wooden parts are made in the schools.
The project contributes to practising cycling skills during the training offered in school. The trick elements are a cooperation project between the Road Administration and schools. School students make the elements that support cycling training for their schools within the scope of the project. The project has been running throughout Estonia for two years and 22% of Estonian schools have taken part.
The objectives of the project are:
- to find options for integrating traffic education as a general topic;
- acquisition of study aids for carrying out cycling training in schools.
The Road Administration provides cones, barricade tape, stop signs and marking paint.