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Community Safety Education Strategy

Being healthy and safe is important. We all want to stay safe when we live, learn, work and play.

Too many people in Saskatchewan are getting hurt. They are being taken to the hospital, becoming disabled and even dying – all from injuries that could be prevented.

Every day in this province, 26 people are hospitalized,
six suffer a permanent disability, and one or two people
die from an unintentional injury.

We can change this.

The way we think and act can prevent unintentional injuries.

We can learn how to stay safe and how to support others in doing the same.

Supporting young people in learning to prevent injuries will help shape this vital change. Children and youth can influence adults. As they grow to become adults themselves, they will embrace and share their knowledge, values and behaviours far into the future – on the job, with their families and in their communities.

The Community Safety Education Strategy was developed to help young people learn about the importance of preventing injuries. This framework focuses on injury prevention, safety resources and supports for students in Saskatchewan’s K-12 education system. It provides students the opportunity to develop life skills, to evaluate information and community norms, and to question personal assumptions about injury prevention and responsibility.

Injury prevention values must extend beyond the walls of schools and into the community if Saskatchewan as a whole intends to change.

Community organizations, government and industry are also taking responsibility for this change. Several organizations in Saskatchewan have collaborated to create Community Safety Education Strategy so educators have a strong foundation of resources that support the provincial curricula and contribute to students’ learning outcomes.

The Community Safety Education Strategy is one of the first of its kind in Canada. It outlines how those in a jurisdiction can collaborate to create lasting cultural change. This cultural change will help improve the quality of life of the people of Saskatchewan, lessen the pressure on our health care system, and save millions of dollars in health and social costs.

Schools are where students learn to think. Communities are where they act.

Working together will spread the knowledge and behaviours needed so that Saskatchewan people can live injury-free.

 

On Sept. 6, 2016, the Community Safety Education Strategy was launched
in Moose Jaw as a pilot project in the Prairie South School Division.

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