The Total Safety Cube Inter-school Quiz, hosted by Bakwena, was recently held at the Bapo Tribal Hall in Bapong. Of the eight schools that participated the runner up was Majkaneng and the winning school was Segwetlhane Primary.
The Road Safety Cube programme, an initiative of Total Worldwide, involves using practical demonstrations and interactive sessions to educate young learners about road safety and create awareness of road rules and signs.
Total South Africa, through Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, donated the Road Safety Cubes to primary schools along its route, to teach children the importance of road safety. Bakwena sponsored all training sessions and implemented the activities. Both Bakwena and Total South Africa are members of the Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa (GRSP-ZA). This joint project between the two organisations was initiated from the GRSP platform.
“These educational aids are an innovative and practical means of enabling teachers to teach Grade 4 students the basics of road safety.” explains Bakwena’s commercial manager, Liam Clarke. “Each Cube contained workbooks for learners, as well as a workbook for the teacher. The Cube also contains pieces of artificial road which could be connected in different modes, together with miniature road signs to be placed alongside the road according to how it was assembled. This enables learners to practice their road safety using intersections, straight roads or situations they need to beware of. On completion of the course, each learner received a certificate, a reflective sticker for safe walking along roads, and a set of colour pencils.
“To ensure the materials are accurate and in context, they were assessed by the North West Departments of Road Safety and Education,” says Clarke. Sixteen teachers received training from eight primary schools, as well as road safety officers from the Bojanala and Ngaka Modiri Molema District Councils. Training was extended to the Department of Education Safe Schools representatives from Rustenburg and Mahikeng. The Bakwena Disaster Team also assisted with the implementation of this project.
Based on the success of this project, Bakwena is looking at rolling out further Road Safety Cubes to additional schools along their route from January 2017.
The following schools took part in the quiz: Seroophata Primary School; Majakaneng Primary School; Nkukime Primary School; St Catherine Primary School; Kgwanyape Primary School; Bapo Primary School; and Segwetlhane Primary School.