MOBILITY AND TRANSPORT
European Road Safety Charter
good practice

Traffic Safety Park for All

Traffic Safety Park for All

Traffic parks are an attractive place for children to learn basic traffic rules and safety behaviors. Generally, in Iran we have traffic parks for children only in big cities with more than one million populations. There are lots of schools in rural areas and villages far from these cities that the students there also need to be educated in an effective way. We tried to use innovative portable educational tools (such as large printed banners and traffic signs) for safety education to children who live in less deprived areas on our province and let them feel they have all the attractive facilities they need to learn road safety tips.
Also since the enough road safety education lessons do not exist in the curriculum, so we provide the teachers with a "Road Safety Education Guide" differentiated by age groups, to empower them and motivated them to teach these lessons all around the year and repeat them to ensure school age students can use these road safety tips every day in their route from home to school and vice versa.
The initiative covered 100 schools with students 6-12 years old age range and started in Sep. 2018 when schools open for the new educational year and it is continuing till April. For evaluation we have different measures. The first measure was a pre-test post-test of children’s road safety knowledge which showed 41% increase (compared to pre-test) in test score average just after educational session and 52% percent increase one month after the session for total 100 schools.
The second measure was observing children’s safe behavior (such as safe crossing, using bright clothes, playing close to road, etc.) when coming to school/back to home in 20 schools before/after the session. The observations results showed improvements in some of defined safe behaviors with clear differences between 6-9 and 10-12 age groups.
The third way of initiative evaluation was asking for crash data from the police and compare the last year (2017-18) data with current year. We received the last year data but still waiting for the recent one.

If you work together with external partners, list the most important partners and briefly describe their role. 
Local road authority: Coordination, funding Local office of Education Ministry: Coordination and teachers motiviation
Attachments 
What problem did you address/are you addressing? 
500 children every are killed due to traffic crashes Road traffic crashes are leading cause of death for 5-29 ages Safe journey to/from school is every child right Children have right to be educated regardless of their age, ethnic group and how far they live from populated cities
What are your objectives? 
Increase students and teachers road safety knowledge, improve children's safe behaviors
Who was/is your target audience? 
Describe the characteristics of your target audience 
School-age children
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
Saturday, 22 September, 2018 to Wednesday, 1 May, 2019
Name of action 

Traffic Safety Park for All

Is there a plan for continuing these activities in the coming years? 
Yes, for sure. Regarding the feedbacks we got.
How did you disseminate/are you disseminating results or how did you promote/are you promoting your initiative? 
Traffic parks are an attractive place for children to learn basic traffic rules and safety behaviors. Generally, in Iran we have traffic parks for children only in big cities with more than one million populations. There are lots of schools in rural areas and villages far from these cities that the students there also need to be educated in an effective way. We tried to use innovative portable educational tools (such as large printed banners and traffic signs) for safety education to children who live in less deprived areas on our province and let them feel they have all the attractive facilities they need to learn road safety tips. Also since the enough road safety education lessons do not exist in the curriculum, so we provide the teachers with a "Road Safety Education Guide" differentiated by age groups, to empower them and motivated them to teach these lessons all around the year and repeat them to ensure school age students can use these road safety tips every day in their route from home to school and vice versa. The initiative covered 100 schools with students 6-12 years old age range and started in Sep. 2018 when schools open for the new educational year and it is continuing till April. For evaluation we have different measures. The first measure was a pre-test post-test of children’s road safety knowledge which showed 41% increase (compared to pre-test) in test score average just after educational session and 52% percent increase one month after the session for total 100 schools. The second measure was observing children’s safe behavior (such as safe crossing, using bright clothes, playing close to road, etc.) when coming to school/back to home in 20 schools before/after the session. The observations results showed improvements in some of defined safe behaviors with clear differences between 6-9 and 10-12 age groups. The third way of initiative evaluation was asking for crash data from the police and compare the last year (2017-18) data with current year. We received the last year data but still waiting for the recent one. Still we need to have the crash data from the police to be able to have a complete evaluation on our initiative but regarding the road safety knowledge test results and safe behavior observations and also parents and school principals survey results we can make small changes to be able to have more tailoed road safety sessions for children and find more attractive ways to engage parents and remain teachers motivated
How did you evaluate/are you evaluating the success of your action? 
For evaluation we have different measures. The first measure was a pre-test post-test of children’s road safety knowledge which showed 41% increase (compared to pre-test) in test score average just after educational session and 52% percent increase one month after the session for total 100 schools. The second measure was observing children’s safe behavior (such as safe crossing, using bright clothes, playing close to road, etc.) when coming to school/back to home in 20 schools before/after the session. The observations results showed improvements in some of defined safe behaviors with clear differences between 6-9 and 10-12 age groups. The third way of initiative evaluation was asking for crash data from the police and compare to the last year (2017-18) data with current year. We received the last year data but still waiting for the recent one.
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities? 
External evaluation
Internal evaluation
Name of the external evaluator 
Rah-o-Tabadol Consulting Eng.
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
Before and after the intervention
How many groups did you evaluate/have you evaluated? 
Number of interventions groups 
100
Number of control groups 
20
Please list the indicators you use to measure success 
pre-test post-test of children’s road safety knowledge
observing children’s safe behavior (such as safe crossing, using bright clothes, playing close to road, etc.)
Children road traffic crash data
Please describe the evaluation tools you use (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) 
Test
Observation