Students from Vision Afrika’s Ikhaya Pre-Primary School have learned about the importance of road safety after visiting Stellenbosch’s friendly municipal Traffic Department.
The aim of the trip was to help them understand road rules and signage and to build a relationship of trust with members of the protection services. After being greeted by staff, the Grade R learners saw an accident on TV and witnessed first-hand the potential repercussions of not following road safety rules.
Zoleka Gqomo, the officer in charge of student education for road safety, then took them to the Parade room, which contained traffic lights, road signs and the like.
She started her session by switching on the traffic lights to help students see what each colour meant and what they needed to do if the light flashed. She then showed them a big manual, which outlined traffic officers’ various duties.
Gqomo closed the session by switching on a siren to demonstrate that each sound stands for something different, ranging from warning motorists that they must stop after having committed an offence to there being an emergency situation.
Each student was then given a colouring book about road safety to help reinforce what they had learned. Certainly by the end, they understood how crucial it is to always respect road safety rules, no matter where they might be and with whom.
The outing was finally rounded off with a picnic at a park in Stellenbosch and a well-deserved ice-cream.