ASUNCION – A miniature driving course is teaching road safety to children in this capital in an effort to help future drivers reduce traffic accidents.
The course – complete with roads and karts, as well as traffic lights and street signs – is expected to fill up with students from schools throughout the city, hoping to educate the children on traffic rules.
Instead of books and tests, the center plays a short video and lets kids play with interactive props, which help children get acquainted with the signals and colors that guarantee an orderly and efficient traffic flow, as well as the safety of the country’s citizens.
Lessons start by immersing the students in everyday situations, which go from simple tasks, such as crossing a street on foot, to actually getting behind the wheel of a kart and driving around, thus learning traffic etiquette both from the driver’s perspective and from a pedestrian standpoint.
Carlos Aguilera, the head of the school’s educational projects department, told EFE that as many as 1,200 people are killed in traffic accidents in Paraguay every year, which roughly breaks down to some four or five victims per day.
He added that as much as 14 percent of victims are between the ages of 7 and 16.
“This park will promote and insert (traffic education) in schools where the labor of education starts,” Aguilera said.