Traffic Education: this is learned from an early age

Sesi-Toledo
2018/2019
16 alunos do ensino médio

It is possible to perceive the problem regarding accessibility and road safety by ourselves. Adult community does not put into practice the knowledge already acquired in relation to traffic. Considering that children have greater ease of learning we thought it was appropriate to take this theme to the classroom, through playing activities that encourage children to be responsible road users.

The ideas

According to the Brazilian traffic code, the use of lanes by people, vehicles and animals, isolated or in groups, whether or not they are used, is considered transit for the purpose of movement, stopping, parking and loading or unloading operations. Transit, under safe conditions, is a right for everyone and also a duty everyone should take into account.

It is possible to perceive the problem regarding accessibility and road safety by ourselves; after all, as people who do not have a driving license, we make daily use of public transportation, bicycle paths, sidewalks and pedestrian lanes, and can realize that the lack of accessibility is not only for people with physical problems, but all of us.

We have researched some statistics in our town, Toledo, regarding accidents, victims and fatalities, which lead us to the conclusion that adult community does not put into practice the knowledge already acquired in relation to traffic. Taking into account the difficulty of making this part of the population aware, we verified the importance of modifying this situation through the children, since there is information but this is not put into practice.

The initiatives

Considering that children have greater ease of learning, and the existence of programs of the city hall related to the subject, it is appropriate to take this theme to the classroom, through playing activities that encourage children to have interest in the subject.

We have used the knowledge already acquired through lectures previously held in our school, to return to the topic in an informal conversation where we put some important points and have given space for the children to tell their experiences, also leading them to interact through a scavenger hunt game on topics such as: public transportation, accessibility, traffic violations, etc.

Thinking about the audience that we were interacting we decided to divide them into groups of 8-10 children, who went through three different games that we have created, addressing different themes, which made it dynamic and easy to perform. We tried to make them think on how to react in certain situations. We divided the children into three groups where each of them was responsible for creating an activity; each participant played a role in these groups. From this division it was easier to pay attention to the smallest details and increase the research on the subject, being able to increase the knowledge of the children through conversation and activities.

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