TES French section presents pedestrian licenses to students
By Katherine Wei, The China Post
June 5, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei European School's French section presented the annual pedestrian licenses to its younger students on Tuesday.
In the formal ceremony, 19 students of the French section received from the French Office in Taipei the "permis pieton" (pedestrian license). The presentation ceremony is the result of a tight collaboration between the French Office in Taipei and the Taiwan European School, the licenses are presented to the students as recognition for their efforts to learn about road safety and the risks inherent to living in large cities.
Aware of the traffic risks pedestrians face in large cities, the section's 8- and 9-year-old students have followed a period of specific lessons and information — both theoretical and practical — delivered by teacher Valerie Catrice-Brigon and Chief Security Officer Emmanuel Daval. After the lessons, the students took an exam that sealed the pedestrian safety program.
School CEO Allan Weston, French Section Head Jean-Yves Vesseau and the students' cultural counselor Christophe Gigadaut all stressed the importance of having the students build a firm understanding of pedestrian safety; the program was designed to save lives. Weston then congratulated the "new young graduates," praising them for their hard work and finishing the program.
The permis pieton operation is a great French national initiative which aims to mitigate the risks of kids as pedestrians, said Weston. It is a collaborative project among the French government, police forces and local schools. It is supported by the French Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Planning, funded by French insurance companies and implemented by police forces in charge of road safety.
To date, more than 4 million young French students have already received their permis pieton in France. In 2012 it was implemented at TES for the first time in an overseas French school.