Road Safety - A continuous structured school approach
Hosted by OSOS, contributed by Afroditi Michailidi on 27/11/2020

Our school, 6o EPA.L Irakliou is an upper secondary vocational school located in Heraclion, Crete, Greece. We have 350 - 400 students each year in the fields of Mechanical and Automobile Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. 

The vast majority of our students are boys. Teenagers are especially vulnerable to traffic accidents, since at this age they feel invincible and have a rebelious side thinking that rules do not apply to them. Also, the general status of the road network in Crete leaves a lot to be desired (long, narrow roads, full of turns, low visibility, rural and urban arctitecture with little regard for safety) and adds to this vulnerability factor.

As a school we have a policy for teaching road safety and spreading good practices to students and the whole school community. This includes frequent lectures, visits from local community holders, educational material from approved sources and cooperation with local authorities. 

We were pleased to be a part of the KROS project.

KROS proposes the use of innovative resources provided from different stakeholders (open content) through a project-based multidisciplinary approach (open pedagogy) that requires extended collaboration and networking between schools and different stakeholders (open collaboration) who can bring significant expertise in the design and implementation of the proposed activities. In this framework a strategic partnership of Road Safety Experts, Pedagogues and Curriculum Developers, Local Authorities, Advanced Educational Applications Developers and schools are joining forces to design, develop and validate an innovative professional development program for teachers.
Training is best done in schools by teachers who have themselves been trained in the safety issues relevant to children and achieve effective integration of road safety principles into the school curriculum. KROS is based on the use engaging presentation forms to attract the whole community of teachers, students and parents within each school.

KROS will help strengthen the profile of the teaching profession by offering a multidisciplinary approach for the introduction of road safety in the school curriculum. The project wishes to support activities that implement best practices and tools for professionals working with and for children in communicating in a way adapted to their age and stages of development and thus improve the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom while endorsing innovative methods and digital integration in teaching technology and innovation. Students become familiar with Road Safety, mainly through hands-on experimentation. This educational approach promotes inquiry, creativity and collaborative learning.

One of the key aspects of OSOS is the inclusion of RRI - Responsible Research and Innovation principles in innovative pedagogical practices. R: In  particular we focused on the following RRI principles in the KROS accelarator


Gender equality

A range of KROS activities address the issue of gender equity in science, especially in tackling the image of the “male driver” 

Science Education

The KROS accelerator supports students in developing their problem-solving skills and in participating in important science inquiry activities, as they are asked to place themselves in the shoes of adult drivers, engineers, physicists, road safety experts, etc. 


The KROS approach address issues such as the role of science in society and strives to change the image and misconception by delivering school projects that bring Drive Safety in primary education and secondary education. A number of activities tackle major ethical issues through innovative hands-on experiments during standard curriculum STEM subjects in Physics, Mathematics and Technology.  

Open Access

This accelerator promotes the use of open online content, tools and software in an effort to reach as further as possible by spreading the message of safe driving. 


Keywords: teachers’ pedagogical practice, creativity, hands-on methodology, soft skills, road safety awareness
Learning Objectives: Understanding of scientific concepts, Development of scientific thinking based on Road Safety paradigms, Responsible Citizenship , Road Safety Awareness , Sustainability
Rating: -/5
Views: 76
Languages: English
Students age group: 15 - 18, 18 - 25
Subject domain: Mathematics, Science, ICT, Engineering, Technology
# of students participating: 340
Updated on: 27.11.2020


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