Be safe on the road

Veteran actor Peter Court, the creative arts implementation partner for the MRP Foundation’s Schools Programme, interacts with pupils at the St. Christopher’s Primary School at Sakhamkhanya. Photo: MRP Foundation / Tim Lubbe.

Pupils at the St Christopher’s Primary School at Sakhamkhanya just outside KwaDukuza town were recently treated to an educational road safety show.

They also got to take part in the interactive production, produced by veteran Durban actor, dancer, director, writer, teacher and puppet master Peter Court.

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Court is the creative arts implementation partner for the Mr Price Foundation’s Schools Programme.

He uses his theatre experience and teaching skills to help build confidence in teachers and impart life skills to pupils through this programme.

“In 2017, several of the MRP Foundation supported school’s experienced tragic, fatal traffic accidents. Through performances such as these, we hope to assist in preventing such tragedies in the future,” said Court.

“Children don’t see the world as adults do. Their perceptions aren’t developed to the same degree and they view time and space differently to adults.”

Actors Nomathemba Dlamini, Londiwe Ngwazi and Ajax Mkhwanazi illustrated the safe cross code for pupils, emphasising six key messages: look for a safe place to cross, don’t hurry (stop and wait), look all around and listen before you cross the road, let all the traffic pass you, walk straight across the road (do not run), and keep looking and listening while you cross.

The roadshow was presented at four other MRP Foundation supported schools in KwaDukuza: Aldinville Senior Primary School, Kearsney Primary School, Nyakana Combined Primary School and Zilungisele Primary School.

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