Renault has waved the chequered flag of the 2016-2017 edition of Your Ideas Your Initiatives challenge

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Renault has waved the chequered flag, bringing the 2016-2017 edition of Your Ideas Your Initiatives challenge to an end! This year has seen 83 creative proposals from 14 countries around the globe, from young people who put their energy, ingenuity and commitment to bringing an essential message of road safety and sustainable mobility to their communities.

 

A huge thanks to everyone who participated! The high quality of initiatives made it difficult for the international jury to compile the list of winners and finalists. The top prizes went to very different projects, from IES Saulo Torón (Spain), Bachillerato 5 de Mayo (Mexico), İpekçilik Anatolian Imam Hatip High School (Turkey), and a Jury's Special Mention for Instituto Tepeyac - Campus Guadalajara (Mexico).

 

From the Canary Islands, the IES Saulo Torón joined the program for the second time. They investigated the main causes of traffic accidents in Gran Canaria, using physics in order to raise drivers' awareness of risks while driving. They developed their project using an entertaining role-playing game, in which student teams were journalists, camera operators, screenwriters and presenters of a local television network, recording audiovisual pieces designed to reduce traffic accidents on the island for the Regional Ministry of Transport. The teams designed their own logos and credentials and recorded various documentaries to reach a wide audience of ages and types of road users. The documentaries were published on the comprehensive school Facebook account with a competition for a public prize to spread their work among the municipality’s population.

 

A team of six students from the Mexican school, Bachillerato 5 de Mayo BUAP, focused their project on mobility and traffic in their community, considering two specific problems: traffic outside the school at drop-off and bicycle transport. To reduce traffic congestion during rush hour, students met with the principal and parents and it was agreed that the road outside the school would be used as a one-way street during rush hour. Students then distributed leaflets offering alternative routes. A sign was also hung outside the school to reinforce the change. To promote bicycle use students launched a design competition for the “ideal bike”. Realizing the importance of responsible cycling for road safety, they linked the topic of bicycle safety with the celebration of International Book and Authors’ Rights Day. A forum was organized with reports on social projects covering the use of bicycles and the importance of documenting mobility experiences in urban areas.

 

The Turkish team, “Heroines of Traffic”, from the İpekçilik Anatolian İmam Hatip High School, focused their project on children’s road safety, and developed their activities for 3-6 year old children at the Özlüce Nursery School. Following research, observations, statistical data and interviews, they prepared different actions to involve the families, neighbors, community organizations, and government agencies. To teach basic traffic rules to the children, the group created several playful activities: they wrote and performed a theatre play, baked cookies in the shape of traffic lights and used the colors in an instructional game, organized a traditional shadow play called Karagöz, taught first aid using drama, had a clown performance and prepared a card game. They also arranged workshops with the traffic police at the nursery. All these initiatives were shared on social media accounts and in presentations at the school with students of other grades.

 

Special mention goes to the Mexican school, Instituto Tepeyac – Campus Guadalajara, with their project “Rolling Together” which set out to reduce the carbon footprint in the community and promote a more sustainable mobility. They created a logo and developed a carpool reward system involving the participation of teachers, students and parents. The project was divided in two phases. First was an awareness campaign on the disadvantages of unmeasured vehicle use and the benefits of carpooling. Using information from their research and their survey of official statistics, they made a video to show traffic flow in the city and its consequences for the environment. They also used games to raise awareness. For the second phase of the project the group obtained the support of sponsors to reward carpool participants with prizes from water bottles, free lunches and free car washes to ecological bags, car accessories, Rolling Together shirts and caps and Starbucks or Cinepolis cards. The rewards were linked to the frequency of the car sharing. The school granted preferred campus parking for carpool participants; preferred areas were painted with the project logo. The rewards were shared with more than 1,000 school community families and the initiative was shared on social networks. Through their initiative the number of vehicles in the community decreased by 32%.

 

Here is a list of the eight finalists: 

Colégio Bandeirante (Brazil)

Colegio Internacional Cañaverales (Colombia)

Choithram International (India)

Colegío Batista - Unidade Bauru (Brazil)

Kyiv Specialized School 57 (Ukraine)

Moscow High School 548 (Russia)

Saint Joseph School (Lebanon)

Huangang Polytechnic college (China)

 

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Heartfelt thanks to all the schools and students that participated in this edition. We look forward to next year’s challenge!