EASST Road Safety Education Pack launches in Ukraine

Children's Road Safety, News, Ukraine

The EASST Road Safety Education Pack has been launched in Ukraine by our partners, the Road Safety Support Foundation (RSSF) and supported by FedEx Express Europe.

The Pack is an educational tool to support road safety teaching in both formal and non-formal settings for preschool and school-age education. It provides resources to teach children and young people the core messages and knowledge they need to keep safe on the road.

The key principles underlying all the activities in the EASST Road Safety Education pack are:

  • Awareness of traffic and its dangers.
  • Good behaviour around roads.
  • Making safe choices to keep you and others safe.

The Education Pack includes a diverse range of activities including stories, art, drama, surveys, research projects, practical exercises, and group discussions. Divided into three sections targeted at under 6s, 6-11 year olds and 12-14 year olds, the pack includes age-appropriate content based on the principle of active learning and student enquiry.

The Pack has been translated and adapted but the RSSF to give it the look and feel of a local resource relevant to the issues and challenges children in Ukraine face on the road.

The Pack is being piloted in the City of Lviv.  The project was launched in December with the support of the Lviv Education Department with a Train the Trainer session for 20 teachers from schools and kindergartens across the city as well as traffic police officers. The session was led by Oksana Romanukha from RSSF and Emily Carr from EASST.

The Pack was universally well received by the teachers who attended – and they committed to not only sharing the training in their own schools but also across the city with other schools.  A network of teachers is now working together with the Road Safety Support Foundation and the local education department to ensure the Pack reaches as many children in the city as possible.

“Thank you for the wonderful Pack. I have tried already using it in a classroom – everything worked well! I hope for our future fruitful cooperation.”

“I absolutely admire the enthusiasm of international education experts to promote their projects around the world! Good luck!”

“Thank you very much for the interesting, meaningful and highly methodological workshop.”

The training included a visit to the Halytskiy Lyceum (school no. 9) in Lviv where 30 children received an education session, from the RSSF team – whilst the 20 teachers observed and learnt how to deliver the materials.

The launch has been followed by several further road safety sessions in local kindergartens.  FedEx has committed to supporting the RSSF team to run sessions for at least 300 children in the city in the first half of 2020.

Three further kindergarten sessions and another Train the Trainer event are taking place today to mark the International Day of Education.

In addition to the work in Lviv, the Ukrainian edition of the Education Pack is available as a free-to-use resource on the EASST website, so any school or education group can access it.

The launch and publication of the Road Safety Education Pack in Ukraine was funded by FedEx Express.  The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.