Pupils win for their road safety plans

2015-09-15 06:00
A team from Spes Bona High School came second in an annual provincial road safety competition that was judged this weekend. The pupils had to identify road safety concerns in Athlone.

A team from Spes Bona High School came second in an annual provincial road safety competition that was judged this weekend. The pupils had to identify road safety concerns in Athlone.

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Spes Bona High School was one of five Western Cape schools that competed for top honours at the annual provincial participatory educational techniques (PET) competition in Brackenfell over the weekend.

The Athlone school came second for its efforts and won R7000.

The five pupils representing Spes Bona were joined by counterparts from Proteus Technical High School in Atlantis, Diazville High School in Saldanha, Dr Nelson Mandela High School in Crossroads and Makupula High School in Stellenbosch in the competition hosted by the department of transport and public works.

Diazville walked away with top honours, receiving R12 000. Its pupils will represent the Western Cape at the national PET competition in Gauteng in October. Makupula came third and have R5500 coming its way.

“As one of the flagship projects of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and the department’s road safety management component, the PET project is aimed at changing pupils’ attitudes towards road safety through participatory education,” says Byron la Hoe, spokesperson of the provincial department of transport.

“The project invites Grade 10 and 11 pupils to identify road safety hazards in their communities and to develop research-based solutions. This provides them with a hands-on opportunity to solve their own community’s road safety problems,” he explains.

Over the past seven months, 10 high schools in the six districts of the Western Cape were identified to compete in the competition. Competing teams were given research materials to run the project.

“After the workshops, each team had three months to conduct the research and deliver a written, verbal and model display presentation of the solutions it proposed,” says La Hoe

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