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20 Mar 2009

RoSaCe in Vilnius: seeking new challenges to deal with safety

Not only does the RoSaCe project encourage children to seek new challenges and form an active part of society, it also sets an example for cities in terms of dealing with lack of safety. Children can actually meet people (and this is very important for them) who feel the same way they do, who want the same things and are equal participants, sensitive to negative aspects such as violence and lack of safety.

Azuolyno Secondary School 5 E, 10- to 11-year-olds (25 pupils)

  1. The children drew pictures about safety on the roads and in the area around the school. They discussed what safety itself and safety on the roads means to them. All of the discussions helped the children to focus on the theme of safety and their role in it.

  2. One teacher, Zivile Siskiene, participated in the meeting on 18 September 2008 at Vileisio School in Vilnius. The children were very intrigued, as it was the first time that they had participated in an international project. All of their friends and parents knew about it.

  3. The children worked with their teacher and prepared the questionnaire about safety at school.

  4. In November 2008, copies of the questionnaire were distributed among all of the classes of Azuolyno Secondary School. The children gave them personally to all of the teachers.

  5. They read all of the information received from the other pupils and produced a wall chart featuring the best ideas about safety.

  6. On 12 January 2009, a poetry, painting and photo competition was announced on the theme “A safe street”. Pupils submitted their work before 22 January 2009.

  7. The most interesting work was exhibited in the school hall and selected entries won prizes.

  8. The children in the participating class went with their teacher to award the winning pupils in their classrooms. All of the school pupils knew about the RoSaCe project.

Petro Vileisio Secondary School, 5 M, 10- to 11-year-olds
  1. The children worked in the classroom to suggest new ideas on how to organise the next steps for the project, what kinds of activities they could perform, how to organise activities, and hanging warning signs on the school walls. They wanted the authorities to put up more signs to make drivers reduce their speed in the vicinity of the school (as well as in other areas), and requested more video cameras at crossroads and the implementation of more secure measures in the vicinity of the school. They hope to meet the transport minister and visit Parliament to show politicians their paintings, talk to them and present various other ideas. The area around the school is very unsafe because of building work being carried out right at the entrance to the school. Teachers and pupils are very worried about safety.

  2. The children worked in class and prepared the evaluation questionnaire to find out what teachers and other people working at school thought about safety.

  3. They then prepared the questionnaire to find out about safe and unsafe places in and around the school.

  4. They organised the RoSaCe week from 2 to 6 February 2009, and planned the following activities:
    • A drawing competition entitled “I am safe on my way to school”.
    • A leaflet dissemination campaign for children, teachers and members of the community.
    • “A safe environment – safe children”.
    • A PowerPoint presentation in the main hall at school on participation in the RoSaCe project.
    • Detailed information about the RoSaCe project was available in the school library. The children prepared the RoSaCe – Road Safety Cities in Europe file.

    Lazdynai Secondary School (22 pupils), Class 7A
    1. The pupils worked in the classroom to discuss their ideas on safety and what safety on the roads means to them. They discussed what kind of event they should organise in order to involve others and make the work interesting.
      They agreed that they do not feel safe on the roads, especially because of drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs and drivers who speed, and they suggested stricter penalties, including the confiscation of cars. They do not feel safe when people let their dogs off the lead; most of the children said that this made them feel scared. They decided that it would be a good idea to illustrate the dangers of a car crash to the public. They identified the most dangerous places around the school for pedestrians and what could be done to resolve the situation (e.g. employing a policeman to monitor the place in person or via CCTV, among other things).

    2. They drew pictures and took photos of the situation around the school (safe and unsafe places) and created a video clip on the theme of “Safety on the roads”. They drew lots of pictures featuring Vilnius and famous places in order to show that Vilnius is participating in a European project. They also put up warning notices, including the following: Mind the stairs! Warning: slippery! Don’t run so fast!

    3. Children from class 7A gave lessons about safety on the streets to their younger peers at school. They took them around the school and showed them a number of unsafe places, teaching them how to prevent accidents.

    4. The children in the RoSaCe class, together with their teacher, created a leaflet featuring all of the information about the project.

    5. Together with younger and older pupils, as well as a police inspector, they created a video clip.

    6. On 26 February 2009, they organised a competition called “A safe way to school”.
      Classes from grades three to six participated in the competition.

    Each team had to create a short presentation with a song or a poem, a joint painting on the theme “I am a traffic participant”, a short performance, and many other activities. A team from grade three won first prize.