Important ‘Bee Safe’ message goes out to local kids


An innovative scheme that promotes accident prevention and safety messages to primary school children takes place at Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown this week. Approximately 500 children from schools throughout Fermanagh District Council area will attend the Bee Safe Initiative from 8 to 11 February 2011.   The initiative is one of a number of schemes that takes place throughout the province under the regional umbrella ‘Bee Safe NI.’


The initiative is a partnership between statutory and voluntary organisations.  They include the Western Health and Social Care Trust Health Improvement Department, Fermanagh District Council, Northern Ireland Electricity, NI Fire and Rescue Service, DOE the PSNI and the British Red Cross, DARD and is funded by District Policing Partnership (DPP).


Bee Safe is an imaginative way of teaching primary seven pupils how to prevent everyday accidents and dangerous situations and how to deal with them safely and effectively should they occur.  Children move around seven accident themed scenarios in small groups. Participation in these scenarios help children to think for themselves.  They develop practical experience of preventing and coping with potentially hazardous situations, as opposed to simply being taught about managing risk in a classroom.


Joyce Thompson, Health Improvement Officer with the Western Health and Social Care Trust, and co-ordinator of the scheme said, “The initiative has been running for 15 years in the Fermanagh area.  The key to its success is the partnership approach to delivery of accident prevention messages.  Many organisations have given their time and expertise to highlight accident prevention and safety messages which could potentially save a child’s life.”