On 16th May 2012, EASST partner the Georgian Partnership for Road Safety held the opening ceremony of its new Road Safety Centre – the first of its kind to be built in the South Caucasus.
The Road Safety Centre, which is free of charge to use, provides school children with practical lessons on road safety issues such as crossing the road safely, how to read road signs, bicycle safety, and other important issues. Via practical training sessions and engaging learning materials, the Centre aims to develop and the children’s awareness of their own safety on the road.
Its specific aims are to:
- Educate school pupils on road safety issues via practical workshops
- Ensure Georgian school teachers and directors conduct traffic education in schools
- And promote the use of bicycles among students
The pilot project has been implemented by the Partnership for Road Safety in collaboration with the Estonian government, Tbilisi City Hall, Patrol Police and the Ministry of Education and Science. It is situated on the grounds of the 1st Experimental School and 171th Kindergarten in Tbilisi and is available for use by other schools. This is the first construction of a road safety focused school in Georgia and is based on the existing example of the Estonian campus located in Võru County.
The opening ceremony was attended by the representatives of Georgian and Estonian governments and coverage of the event was broadcast on television:
Futher information about the activities of EASST’s partner in Georgia can be found on their website: www.safedrive.ge (English version available)