Three schools and a Sevillian institute are awarded for promoting sustainable and safe travel


Three schools and an institute from the municipalities of Dos Hermanas, Santiponce and Seville capital have received this Monday, in a ceremony held at the Government Subdelegation in Seville, the accreditations of the European Program ‘Stars’ of the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) in recognition of the promotion among its students of sustainable and safe travel, both on foot and by bicycle.

The schools and institutes that have received the accreditation of the 2021/2022 School Year in recognition of the activities carried out have been the Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria (IES) Hermanos Machado de Dos Hermanas (Silver), the Colegio de Educación Infantil y Primary (CEIP) María Zambrano from Seville (bronze), and CEIP Josefa Frías and Mosaico, both from Santiponce (bronze).

The act has been chaired by the sub-delegate of the Government, Carlos Toscano, accompanied by the provincial head of Traffic, Ana Luz Jiménez. It was attended by Education delegates from the municipalities of Dos Hermanas, Santiponce and Seville, as well as teachers and students from schools and institutes that have received this distinction.

Carlos Toscano has highlighted in a press release that it was “essential to work on driver education not only with schools and institutes, but also with all those who should be involved in this matter, such as, for example, Local Police officers, Development, Citizen Participation, Environment and merchants, in addition to parents and the educational community, especially young people, actors in the mobility of the present and the future”.

“The increase in traffic and the creation of new infrastructures”, added Toscano, “has led to young people losing the streets and parents becoming their taxi drivers, which is why the DGT is trying to propose safe school paths as an educational resource and that our children can safely go to school unaccompanied by adults”.

The ‘Stars’ Program is aimed at students from 6 to 19 years old and, among its objectives, is the increase in the number of children and adolescents who make active trips to school or institute by cycling or walking, as well as the promotion of the autonomy of children in the city and care for the environment.

The DGT, in order to ensure the road safety of all users, deploys different strategies and tools, among which is the ‘Road Education for safe mobility’, trying to reach all groups and in all stages of the evolutionary process of the person.

‘Stars’ tries to promote the active and sustainable displacement of students and teachers from shared action, developing a new methodology based on campaigns to promote sustainable mobility that the students themselves develop, in the accreditation of schools based on the results obtained and in the accreditation of children based on their abilities, skills and correct use of the bicycle.

To do this, the involvement of the town councils is required, which undertake to publicize the project through campaigns and actions that promote walking and cycling, to promote the pertinent and necessary changes in the municipality in order to make an environment more safe, accessible and friendly, and to sensitize and educate the population.

The educational centers, in turn, acquire the commitment to generate a change in the mobility patterns of the students, with the aim of pursuing a change in the travel habits of children and young people in the daily journeys to the educational center, reducing dependence on the vehicle and helping to eliminate pollution levels in the atmosphere.

With this, in addition, daily physical exercise is promoted to avoid sedentary lifestyle, overweight and childhood obesity, and autonomy is favored. In short, the educational center undertakes to carry out activities throughout the school year focused on achieving these goals and the development and dissemination of campaigns that promote active and sustainable mobility.

Three schools and a Sevillian institute are awarded for promoting sustainable and safe travel