Road Safety Week 2019 will take place 6-12 May, and teachers and child-carers are being encouraged to put the date in their 2019 calendar and start planning activities now.
The week, which is coordinated by Brake the road safety charity, will focus on road safety leadership and demonstrate how everyone can be a leader for road safety. Brake is calling on educators to help save young lives and raise awareness of key road safety messages by taking part. The week will also coincide with the UN Global Road Safety Week which also has a leadership theme.
Road Safety Week is a great opportunity for teachers, youth workers, and early learning educators to engage children and young people in life-saving lessons and encourage safer, more responsible road use throughout the community. It's an engaging topic with plenty of scope for creative and interactive learning, while also meeting curriculum goals.
Educators can access free electronic resources and guidance to help them get involved. Go to www.roadsafetyweek.org.nz/action-pack to register to get a free e-action pack. This will include downloadable posters to display during the Week, advice, activity ideas and case studies of what other educators have done in previous years.
There are also ideas for taking part in the Week on the website, and links to useful resources from other organisations.
More details of plans for Road Safety Week will be released in early 2019.
Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ Director said: "Road safety is a crucial issue for children and parents, and educators can play a key role in helping to reduce the risks children, young people and families face - by teaching road safety and raising awareness of local issues.
"Children and young people can be fantastic road safety leaders. They all have ideas to contribute on the dangers of roads and solutions for making them safer. Road Safety Week is a great opportunity to help them to speak out about road safety by giving them ownership of their own road safety campaign. Through it they have the opportunity to explore and improve their own safety, while also meeting important curriculum goals. I urge all schools and childcare centres to register today and get your free action pack."