A newly formed Passengers’ Welfare-Sierra Leone (PAWEL-SL) has started a school-to-school exercise to teach school children the meaning of road signs in a bid to prevent road accidents involving school going children in Kenema District.
Speaking to her audience at the KMDC Primary School, the Regional Chairlady for PAWEL-SL, Kadiatu Jalloh said the exercise aims at minimizing the rate of road accidents involving school going pupils around their learning institutions. She said most of the children do not know or understand road signs and symbols.
She assured that on the completion of the road safety campaign exercise, children will be able to identify and interpret the different road signs and symbols. She said the children in turn will be able to teach their parents and peers. She encouraged the children to take the exercise seriously as a way of avoiding road accidents.
In her contribution, a senior teacher of the KMDC Primary School, Madam Esther Jaya described the exercise as timely, noting that as teachers, they have been teaching the children how to interpret and use certain road signs, such as the Zebra sign. She however stated that the PAWEL-SL intervention which is detailed can go a long way to have positive impacts on the children.
She pledged the support of the KMDC Teacher corps to the exercise, adding that they will put emphasis on the issue of road sings and their uses to ensure that the children have in-depth knowledge on road signs and their interpretations.
By Saffa Moriba
Friday March 21, 2014