The empowerment of teachers in OBE through traffic safety education

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EL van der Merwe

The traffic situation in South Africa is not satisfactory at all, judgingfrom recent statistics. One way to improve the situation would be to raiseknowledge among school children. It is a known fact that attitudes cannot bechanged by legislation, but through constant intensive education. However,education and legislation should go hand in hand. But how could theapproximate 3 892 480 learners in the foundation grades in South Africa bereached with the relevant knowledge, those children who are most vulnerablein traffic, but also those who are inaccessible due to distances andremoteness of many schools? And how can teachers, who have not specificallybeen trained in Traffic Safety Education , be supplied with the basicbackground knowledge? Questions like this led to several workshops with 900teachers involved.

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