As you all know its been a very sad week for farm safety this week - an 8 year old boy sadly died in galway this week. it has pushed us to do more so we want our government to do more too - starting with putting farm safety on the school curriculum.
Dear Enda Kenny, Jan O Sullivan and Simon Coveney,
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We have been thinking and saying how we need to get farm safety on the curriculum in schools for a long time, now after yet another child dying in a farming accident, we are telling you we MUST have farm safety put on the curriculum.
As we write to you now, a family in Galway are getting ready to say goodbye to their little boy, his parents are broken and a tsunami of shock and grief is gripping his community. We need to turn the ripple from that tsunami felt all around Ireland into a wave and a sea of change. We need you to sit up and take note. Education can play a massive role in changing how people think about farm safety. Its time to STOP and get everyone moving on farm safety.
Children are a vital key to this change, educating every child about farm safety will change how it is thought about in their homes as well. Children are good at nagging their parents and a clear example of how that can work is how well the road safety seat belt campaign has worked over the years changing attitudes. Another example is the Green Flag campaign changing things like energy conservation, not wasting water and recycling. Lets get farm safety talked about the same way.
Teachers have a lot to teach we know this but I doubt any one of them would complain about having to teach a few lessons on farm safety – too many teachers this year and in the past have an empty chair in their classroom from a farm safety accident. If they look at our website www.farmsafety4kids.net it will help them to teach farm safety too.
So many farm accidents are avoidable – others are less preventable we know but please please help us the children of Ireland have a fairer chance of avoiding accidents – Put Farm Safety on the school curriculum. We don’t want to be thinking about another child not getting to open their Santa presents – educate us all young and old, we know our parents, young farmers and older farmers need to be thinking and moving on farm safety too but can you pledge to make a start and put as we ask Farm Safety on the Curriculum.
From Aoibheann Mangan and Padraic Godwin