Multimedia Farm Safety Competitiom

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Multimedia Farm Safety Competition – A competition about farm safety for post-primary school students. Win and be a part of the HSA National Farm Safety Campaign in 2016.

Deaths on farms continue to dominate workplace fatality figures year on year, with an average of one third of all fatalities due to accidents on the farm. Awareness-raising and changing behaviour amongst those currently farming, as well as the next generation of farmers is essential, according to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). To this end, the HSA has launched a farm safety multimedia competition, aimed at post-primary students, that encourages young people to get involved in the on-going campaign to communicate the farm safety message to their families, and wider community.

Post primary students (teams or individuals) are invited to design a multimedia entry, such as: a video, app., social media campaign, website, animation, video or interactive game on farm safety and submit it for judging via the Authority’s competition website www.choosefarmsafety.ie. The HSA wrote to all schools inviting their participation.

Entry forms and full details can be downloaded from www.choosefarmsafety.ie and the deadline for entries is 11th December. Short-listed entrants will be invited to participate in a Youth Task Force event on farm safety, which will inform the Authority’s on-going national farm safety campaign. Short-listed entrants will also exhibit their entries at a national competition showcase and awards ceremony in Dublin Castle on 27th April 2016. Prizes include professional Go-Pro camera for the winners and other multi-media devices for finalists as well as trophies for winners in each category.

Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority, said:

“The aim of this project is to raise awareness among post-primary students of farm safety and to give them a voice in providing solutions to effect change in safety behaviour among farming families and the wider farming community. We are strongly encouraging schools to get behind this competition”

Joanne Harmon, Education Manager with the HSA said:

“Young people have a role to play in raising their own and others’ awareness around farm safety and many use multimedia in their daily lives, whether it’s gaming, social media or app’s on mobile devices. This is an opportunity to use their knowledge and skills to become part of the national campaign to change safety behaviour on farms.” 

Paul Fields, Director of Kilkenny Education Centre said:

“We are delighted to promote a competition in schools like this which recognises the civic role and influence young people have in safe-guarding themselves, their families and in many cases, their future. Schools can run this competition with students across a number of curriculum areas such as SPHE, Design and Communications, CSPE and IT.”

This project is supported by the network of full-time Education Centres and Kids Own Publishing Partnership.

For further information and entry forms,
check out www.choosefarmsafety.ie  or,
email info@choosefarmsafety.ie

 

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