The Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP) opened the ACP Kids School, Portugal’s first permanent road education centre dedicated to children from three to nine years old. The project enables children to learn good practices in a controlled environment.
In welcoming the first kids, ACP president Mr. Carlo Barbosa mentioned that “it is a historical day and a very important step for children and schools from the region”. The ACP Kids School is a pioneering project supported by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Road Safety Grant Programme and the Nissan Motor Corporation.
The school integrates theory with practice in two separate spaces. A room is reserved for theoretical classes where young students learn or reinforce safety rules through videos, games or reading sessions. Kids then go to a circuit area equipped with crosswalks and traffic lights, as well as electric and inflatable cars.
This permanent school is a step forward for ACP Kids, a nationwide traffic education programme. Schools enrol via acpkids.pt and receive materials to work with in the classroom (books, movies and games).The ACP Kids received the Excellence in Road Safety Excellence Awards 2015 from the European Commission.