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Free Courses with British Safety Council

Free Courses with British Safety Council

Last year Projects Abroad was approached by the British Safety Council to see if we would like to work together on training youngsters around the world about safety. On April 16th they ran their second Projects Abroad gap safety course. Twenty nine Projects Abroad volunteers gathered at The British Safety Council Headquarters in Chiswick to learn more.

The British Safety Council have agreed to sponsor a number of training days where Projects Abroad volunteers are paid their accommodation and travel costs to take the course which will allow them to go overseas and teach safety in classrooms in the developing world.

The morning focussed on the volunteers learning about safety and taking their British Safety Council qualification "Level 1 Health and Safety at Work". The afternoon was an opportunity to meet with Ian Birbeck from Projects Abroad and Madeleine Wright who went overseas teaching safety last summer. Ian and Madeleine focussed on the practicalities of teaching safety in the developing world as well as some of the safety issues that students are met with when they are overseas.

Madeleine talked about the approach she took in Ghana last year;

"I designed a workbook for the lessons, and different posters for the children to write on and colour in and we put them up on the walls and they really loved them! We did a hazard spotting exercise around the school as well which they were pretty excited about! The children have designed fire safety posters, drawn hazards, made rules to help keep each other safe. I managed to teach a Healthy Living module in their science lessons as well which I have been able to link with health and safety".

If you are interested in joining the next British Safety Council Course on June 18th please sign up soon. The May 21st course is already fully booked. You can book onto the course by calling Sebastian Tarnowski on 0208 6001044 or email him at

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