The Department for Transport's Child Road Safety Strategy (2007) has recognised the educational resources produced by the MCI to help improve road user education and reduce the number of casualties.
The Department is committed to improving road safety for children, although some activities will affect everyone. They aim to reduce by 50% the number of children age 0-15 years that are killed or seriously injured by 2010.
Success will be measured under six themes; publicity, highway engineering, vehicle engineering, , legislation, school journeys and education, training and life-long learning.
The MCI's educational pack, 'Links - connecting citizenship and road-user education' is recognised in the latter section. 'LINKS' is a comprehensive pack that has been produced to help teachers, youth workers and anyone involved in education inform young people about road safety issues. There are 12 units linked to the citizenship syllabus which is a compulsory part of the current schools curriculum. The units focus on a diverse range of topics including; human rights, crime, law, the media and consumer rights and responsibilities.
Produced as a CD-Rom, by the in-house expertise of the youth and safety teams, teachers will receive a pack that outlines information on; how road user education fits into the curriculum, learning strands, an 'ideas bank', task descriptions and assessments.
Around 10,000 copies of the pack have been sent to secondary schools, youth workers and other relevant association in the UK.
Also recommended is the industry's DVD, 'Act Your Age', which educates young people about road safety on two wheels.
Craig Carey-Clinch, MCI's Director of Public Affairs said, "The MCI is delighted to be recognised by the Department for Transport and to be included in their strategy as an example of good practice. The Association prides itself on its educational activity and is continuing to work on initiatives, such as a introducing a formal qualification into schools. "
For more information contact the Education Coordinator, Jenny Luckman on 02476 250 806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.