Jumicar, with headquarters based in Hamburg-Germany, operates road safety parks for children since 1989 in 15 countries worldwide.
The first permanent road safety park operates in Greece since 2006 inside the premises and in cooperation with the charity foundation for children with special needs “Pamakaristos” in Nea Makri.
The educational program always commences from the theoretical part which focuses on the absolutely necessary issues in order not to loose children’s attention. Its duration does not overpass 15 minutes and prepares students for the practical part of the program which follows i.e. “driving”.
Following the completion of the theoretical part, students 7-14 years old split in groups, enter the mini cars, wear crash helmets, fasten their seat belts, receive analytical guidelines on how to handle the mini cars and the ways they have to follow when they commence driving in the main park.
Students commence driving safely, following the road safety rules under the supervision of experienced trainers. Road safety training perfectly blends with the joy of driving.
Children via driving perceive and understand the importance of road safety by learning by doing and not by accumulating barren information.
The park is approved and suggested by the Ministry of Education (Circular Γ7/21558/1-3-05) for educational school visits.
Due to its special design the main road safety park is one of the best and more complicated of its kind on a worldwide basis.
29 traffic lights controlled by a complicated control centre offer 4 different difficulty levels depending on the age of the driving children.
Ministry of Environment holds exclusively the traffic lights centre’s maintenance and support.
The park admits 15.000 students every school year.
In order to avoid overcrowding, student groups enter gradually the main road safety park for practical training. In the meantime the other groups -always supervised by experienced trainers- are engaged in other activities in the park:
Multi level road safety training in the park has recently enriched with a train junction.
Elementary and secondary school children cross over a train junction (barriers with noise and visual alarm) as they drive, while kindergarten and nursery school students ride the electrical train as passengers.
If a school wishes to put further emphasis on the theoretical part, the road safety program “the road and me” could be additionally selected for teaching to the students. The program “the road and me” concerns 7-11 year old students and is approved from the Ministry of Education and the Pedagogic Institute.
An additional choice exists for a guided tour -without any charge- in the Institution premises (the Institution for children with special needs “Pammakaristos” operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Health) in order for the students to meet children with knowledge and mind minorities and understand the effort, the professionalism and mainly the patience needed for supporting them.
School visits take place during morning hours, all working days. Dates are arranged via telephone scheduling during the academic period (usually during the first weeks).