Cape Times - - METRO - Okuhle Hlati

ABOUT 700 Kairos Pri­mary School pupils in Delft took to the streets call­ing for driv­ers to play their part in keep­ing them safe when walk­ing to school.

To mark this year’s In­ter­na­tional Walk To School Day on Tues­day, Child­Safe South Africa joined forces with Grade 3 and 7 pupils to con­tinue its aware­ness cam­paign. The pupils walked around the streets bear­ing plac­ards and posters.

Later, the Grade 7s in­stalled 10 sil­hou­ettes on the fence of the school, rep­re­sent­ing chil­dren killed on the streets last year. Child­Safe South Africa ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Yolande Baker said: “Fifty chil­dren were killed on the streets in the last year in Cape Town alone. Most of these in­ci­dents were the di­rect re­sult of driver be­hav­iour and most took place when the kids were go­ing to or from school. Our par­tic­i­pa­tion in the in­ter­na­tional event this year is a good op­por­tu­nity to re­mind peo­ple to be aware of their own be­hav­iour on the roads, es­pe­cially around schools.”

Child­Safe is a cam­paign of the Child Ac­ci­dent Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion of south­ern Africa and Safe Kids World­wide.

Pupils also lis­tened to talks by the City’s Traf­fic Ser­vices team, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Child­Safe SA, who gave them tips and in­struc­tions about how to stay safe on the roads. |

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