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20 Mar 2009

Children from Tarragona reflect on the meaning of feeling safe

At the Sagrat Cor School in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, seven- and eight-year-old pupils were asked to think about the concepts of safe streets and feeling safe. They started the activity by looking at the photograph by Arthur Leipzig. Based on the different interpretations of this photo, they identified factors that influence safety. The pupils linked safety to people who represent safety (for example: “The park is a safe place when I go there with my parents”).

“It is interesting to see how, through the photo, they were able to compare and see how the environment and safety in the streets has changed over time. They were interested in the fact that, in the past, children played in the street. They had heard their grandparents talking about this, but they had never seen it in a photo. For this reason, the photo moved them and encouraged them to take part in the activity”, explained a teacher.

Thirteen- and fourteen-year-old pupils at the Sagrat Cor School in Tarragona organised a two-hour field trip outside the school. The pupils were divided into groups of six, and each group had a map of the school surroundings. One of the members of the group had the map and acted as a guide; others noted down unsafe places and their characteristics, while the remaining pupils took photos in order to document the activity. After this trip, the pupils held a brainstorming session in the classroom, in order to pool their opinions about what they had seen and prepare the proposal for the RoSaCe event. The results were drawn on a poster.

“The pupils were very engrossed in the activity, as they were the main protagonists. This way of working in the classroom was new to them and they were very receptive to it, particularly the participatory element. They felt that they were the protagonists and that they were being listened to by adults. This was the main objective of the project for them. In this case, the goal (presenting their proposals) became the most motivating part of the programme”, said a teacher.