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Road Safety Demonstrations � a big hit at IOJ Youth Camps

By July 28, 2009No Comments
Sergeant Andrea Clarke of the Mobile Unit of Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) demonstrates the proper use of the roads to participants of the Youth Summer Programme at the Portmore Junior Centre, one of three workshops hosted by the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), and sponsored by the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS).  A mobile truck containing teaching aids to replicate crossings and road signs, which was donated by the JAA to the Police Traffic Department, is used to reinforce the importance of road safety in schools throughout the island. More than 230 children benefited from sessions in road safety conducted at the Junior Centres in Kingston, Half-Way-Tree and Portmore, from July 6 to 24.

More than 230 children, age 6 to 18 years old, participated in a series of road safety demonstrations at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) summer youth camps, at Junior Centres in Half-Way-Tree, in St. Andrew; and Portmore, St. Catherine, recently.

Sergeant Andrea Clarke of the Mobile Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), with the use of road furniture, advised the young people about proper road safety methods. She urged the young people to learn the meaning of road signs, and to be conscious of the flow of traffic before crossing major roadways.

The young people were able to walk through the road crossing process, via the teaching aids that replicated crossings and road signs. The mobile unit and its road furniture were donated to the JCF by the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA), in 2007, as part of its educational programme for schools.

The IOJ summer camps, themed “To Do …To Be …The Choice is Yours”, were organised to teach the youngsters about the history of Jamaica; expose them to positive values and attitudes; as well as to educate them about conflict resolution, personal development, road safety and savings.

Mrs. Diana Cunningham, Coordinator of the JN School Savers’ Programme, conducted informative and interactive sessions at all three Junior Centres, including the Centre at East Street; and many of the children pledged to develop savings habits.

Programmes Outreach Manager at the Junior Centre, Miss Kerri-Ann Palmer, welcomed the participation of Jamaica National in the series of summer camps.