San Casciano, Florence, Italy
Problem - Dutch solutions - English solutions
results about problems
out by the children of Primary schools.
3 PUPILS INTERVIEWED: 120
and outside the school building
the children think sharp corners ( tables, radiators, doors, …) are very, very
of the children think open windows are very dangerous ( especially in small
the children think no escape safety stairs are absolutely dangerous ( indeed one
of the school building, an old two
floors villa, has no escape safety stairs at all ).
children think short fences are very dangerous ( because children can try to
and around the school building
the children think there is a lot of traffic ( parents’ cars ) at the entrance
of the school, at the beginning and at the end of the lessons.
Dutch solutions - top
1. The tables and other
objects have sharp corners.
- paste soft material, such
as rubber strips on them.
2. The open windows in
classrooms are not safe.
- We understand the windows
open to the inside, so there is a lot of room necessary to open them.
If there is no need to open
them fully, fix some hooks on the side of the window, so the windows can only
open a little.
If this makes the room too
hot, placing a fan would be a suggestion.
3. There are not enough fire
- A new fire escape will be
very expensive, so we couldn’t think of a good solution right away. There are
small fire ladders, made of ropes, which will be less expensive and can work if
there is an emergency situation.
4. The fences are too low.
- Create signs which tell
children not to climb the fences.
- Put something on the top of
the fences, so climbing them won’t be nice.
5. There is a lot of traffic around the school.
- Arrange for a one-way
driving direction in the street. Cars will not block eachother.
- Promote that people will
not park in front of the school, but drop-off children and leave, or park
- Promote more children using
the same car. Carpooling uses less cars.
English solutions - top