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"I am happy motorcycling": an informative presentation to high schools pupils from 14-17 years old.

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"I am happy motorcycling": an informative presentation to high schools pupils from 14-17 years old.

It is the only informative program about safety issues and motorcycle, approved by the Greek Ministry of Education. Teaching staff invite us to their schools. Since 2012 more that 11500 pupils nation-wide have been informed by volunteers - members of the Institute certificated as ROSPA- RoADAR ADVANCED RIDER. It is an action, from which the message about motorcycling comes from the motorcyclists themselves. It is an action with a POSITIVE message about the traffic safety and about the use of motorcycle and its advanced/safe use.

We propose our activity as a real example of a long-term action: a) address to young people with a POSITIVE message; until now messages about safe transporting were about fatal accidents and negative connotations. The fear seemed to be the mean to promote safety. We promote a POSITIVE message instead, related with respect and joy in the terms of a qualitative traffic culture in the terms of social activity of transporting. b) based ONLY on volunteers who are related with the subject of the program; this approach makes the message STRONGER and TRUSTFUL. In other words, we provide an example for self-funded social projects affecting to a cultural change. Other related or non related social associations can follow our example for developing their actions and participating to a general effort for social improvement.

If you work together with external partners, list the most important partners and briefly describe their role. 
The Greek Ministry of Education, which approves in annual basis our program, in order school directors to invite us.
What problem did you address/are you addressing? 
Motorbike is the only vehicle approved by State to be driven by non-adults. In other words, as a society we welcome non-adults in the every-day traffic asking from them to be responsible as adults. In Greece – like in other Mediterranean countries – there is a high percentage of young riders. It is true that there are many young riders who are riding illegally as they are younger than 16 years old. There is a high percentage of accidents, in which young riders are involved. Only after 2000s young riders (for the category AM) are taking exams under the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport in accordance with the EU directives. Before that, young riders only needed to take substandard exams under the responsibility of local Police Authorities. It is a crucial issue to create the culture of safe riding especially from the very early ages. We aim to impact positively to this cultural change promoting the concepts of safety and freedom in general and through motorcycling in particular, in the terms of the social activity of transporting. Our related activities have been running since 2012. We propose our activity as a real example of a long-term action: We address to young people with a POSITIVE message; until now, messages about safe transporting were about fatal accidents and negative connotations. The fear seemed to be the mean to promote safety. We promote a POSITIVE message instead, related with respect and joy in the terms of a qualitative traffic culture in the terms of social activity of transporting. Our activities are based ONLY on volunteers who are related with the subject of the program; this approach makes the message STRONGER and TRUSTFUL. In other words, we provide an example for self-funded social projects affecting to a cultural change. Other related or non-related social associations can follow our example for developing their actions and participating to a general effort for social improvement.
What are your objectives? 
To show to young people how we - motorcyclists - see the motorbike and to show the safe way we use it.
To bring young people in touch with the concepts of safety and freedom through motorcycling, in the terms of the social activity of transporting.
To show good practice derived from the real life as active motorcyclists. In other words, we aim to impact in the needed cultural change.
Who was/is your target audience? 
Describe the characteristics of your target audience 
Pupils of Greek High schools.
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Name of action 

Submission of application to the Greek Ministry of Education for program approval in annual basis.

Name of action 

Approval by the Ministry of Education.

Name of action 

Institute is invited by school directors.

Name of action 

Volunteers - members of the Institute visit schools and make the informative presentation "I am happy motorcycling".

Name of action 

The Institute sends via email a survey to the involved teaching staff, asking them to evaluate the program and to make suggestions for improvement.

Name of action 

Analysis by Motothesis special contributor of the survey data on annual basis for institutional improvement actions and for promotional purposes.

Is there a plan for continuing these activities in the coming years? 
The activity has been running since 2012 in the terms of the “PRE-LICENCE SAFE ATTITUDE TRAINING” action of the Institute. It is going to continue and our aim is to continue improving it.
How did you disseminate/are you disseminating results or how did you promote/are you promoting your initiative? 
Regular practice is during academic year we publish our activities in schools (avoiding to publish pictures of pupils themselves) in social media and via our newsletter addressed to the motorcycling community, to Press and to the administrative units of Ministry of Education. At the end of each academic year, we send a full report of our activities in schools to the Ministry of Education applying for re-approval of our program. In addition, from the academic year 2018-2019 onwards we publish the results of the evaluation survey to national and regional press, on our web site and to social media.
How did you evaluate/are you evaluating the success of your action? 
The evaluation methods are: a) qualitative evaluation via survey. The data source is the involved teaching staff of the schools. Note: It is not freely allowed to survey pupils. The evaluation aims to identify the satisfaction regarding the content and the general impact of the presentation and to collect suggestions for improvement. b) quantitative evaluation (on academic annual basis) of the total amount of presentations in schools and pupils, evaluating the regional coverage.
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities? 
External evaluation
Name of the external evaluator 
Teaching staff of the schools
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
After the intervention
Please describe the evaluation tools you use (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) 
Qualitative evaluation via survey
Quantitative evaluation via analysis of the total annual data