The results are in from this year’s Junior Good Citizen (JGC) scheme. JGC is designed to educate children about situations which can end up causing injuries or accidents, encourage them to respond appropriately to emergency situations and highlights the contribution that they can make to creating safer communities by being ‘good citizens’ The 2014 JGC scheme was held across a two week period in June at the Punjabi Community Centre in Gorsehill. Over 1500 year six (10-11 years old) children took part, from a range of schools across Swindon.
In the course of the two week period every child took part all of the following eight scenarios, each lasting approximately 20mins:
- Road safety
- Food hygiene
- First aid
- Fire safety
- Railway safety
- Stranger danger
- Anti-Social behaviour.
Children were asked to complete a questionnaire, through their school, before and after the event to evaluate how successful the JGC scheme was. Both questionnaires had the same questions. From the results it is clear the scheme was successful with the majority of children answering the questions correctly or demonstrating that they had learnt something. For example, to the questions ‘do you know how to help some who is unconscious?’ before the scheme 47% of children said a bit, 23% yes, 17% No and 13% not sure. After they JGC scheme children said 88% yes, 9% a bit, 2% not sure and 1% no.
Each school that attends JGC is scored in each scenario based on their participation and correct answers. The winning school for 2014 was Westlea Primary, closely followed by Shaw Ridge and Orchid Vale. All agencies congratulate Westlea Primary school and would like to thank all the other schools that attended the scheme in 2014.
PCSO Mandi Coles who organises JGC in Swindon said: "This year 1552 young people attended Swindon’s event which was held over a two week period and is very much sought after by the schools. The children evidence their learning by doing a before and after questionnaire, so that we can see if we are pitching it at the right level. I am honoured to be part of this fabulous scheme which has run for over 25 years now and it continues to grow and adapt."