This project defines road safety and provides tips that younger students should learn in order to stay safe on the roads. Grade 8 students, presented their work through PowerPoint presentations and construction projects.
Car accidents are occurring on a daily basis leaving injured people, damaged cars, even victims. They happen anywhere, and since our school is located near the airport highway we witness, even from our window, tens of accidents on that highway on a monthly basis. For this reason, we embarked on a journey of self-learning about road safety. First, we researched road safety in order to define it. Then, we read about the causes of car accidents that occur locally and worldwide. Some of us found data given by the Red Cross in Lebanon, and others expanded the search to international data. We identified that the problem - increased car accidents and injuries - is because drivers or pedestrians neglect the road signs due to an unawareness of their meanings. In addition, we found out the drunk drivers or people who text while driving are also main contributors to car accidents. It should also be kept in mind that irresponsible parents simply let their kids roam the streets unaware, without teaching them what road signs are used for. Working individually, in pairs and in groups, we had the intention of having our voice reach younger generations in order to teach them how much safer they would be once they and their parents abided by road signs. Respecting road signs would enhance safety and sustain mobility. We collected our data, and we summed up our work by devising two plans:
a- preparing presentations that show important road signs
b- construction projects that show the basic infrastructure of the road network that enhances safety
c- presenting the work to younger students to teach them about road safety and the importance of knowing the signs and abiding by them.
Our work was done in pairs or groups. We agreed on a date to gather younger students in the school's theater and present the work to them with the aim of teaching them road safety and mobility.
After gathering data and understanding the real causes behind accidents, we began our initiative to reach youngsters. The PowerPoint presentations that we prepared included definitions of road safety, road signs and what they stand for, tips for drivers and pedestrians; it also called for actions that governments should take. The construction projects showed models of cities and how safe they could be when road signs are there and respected. Some projects showed a clear contrast between a world where accidents increase due to the absence of road signs and citizen awareness, and a world where road signs are applied. Next, we presented our presentations in class and worked collectively on a unified version of the PowerPoint that we would use in front of our young audience. As a third step, each one of us chose a road sign and printed it on a T-shirt. We wanted to be seen with these signs and for them to be clearly visible to youngsters, and we aimed at having them ask us what we were wearing!
When grades 1, 2, and 3 arrived to the theater, we explained road safety and traffic signs through the PowerPoint. We defined road safety, showed and explained some signs, shared and stressed tips with them which they could share with their parents. Then, we appeared to those kids wearing the T-shirts. They were surprised by the shirts as we approached them in order to work in groups. Some of us taught them about the signs using the T-shirts, and others used the construction projects, explaining what they were and about how safe everyone will be once they understand the displayed signs. We also played games with the youngsters to increase their involvement and to get them to differentiate the right way of crossing the street rather than the wrong way. The young students were enthusiastically involved; they participated in the games, they asked questions about the signs, and they even compared and contrasted a world with road signs to one without road signs. We also used drama, and encouraged students to act out short sketches about drivers and pedestrians moving on the roads according to road signs. This awareness campaign on road safety has widened our knowledge about the responsibility each one of us have towards applying safety measures and reducing the risk of accidents.
The images displayed are samples of the PowerPoint presentation and the construction projects that we worked on.
Finally, the video that is prepared shows all the activity that was done in the theater, first with grades 1 and 2, and then with grade 3 students.