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ABS168 - Integration of refugees to road traffic culture in their country of destination

2.5 Intercultural-cultural communication and new forms of being
Paper in a Working Group Roundtable (WGRT)
1:30 PM, Jeudi 31 Août 2017 (1 heure)
Convention Center - 2000 A - Table B
This project is a consequence of the stream of refugees to Norway, which brings about various challenges in our community. How can refugees act and be a part of our culture of road safety?
In the Norwegian community, road safety has a top priority to maintain human health. The National Transport Plan (2002-2011) describes how the Vision Zero states that the community cannot accept injuries and fatalities linked to road accidents.
When refugees from another culture are moving in our traffic system, unfamiliar situations and conflicts arise. How can refugees develop attitudes to interact in our culture of road safety?
To create a practical oriented training for refugees, we collaborate with students and practical training supervisors from the Department of Education of Driving Instructors. We try it out in real life situations in local centers for young refugees aged 15-20 years. Seat-belts, bicycle helmet and wearing reflective equipment when walking in darkness are artefacts in the pilot project. The language combined with pictures and practical actions is a key to communicate the message properly.
Tensions in the Activity system led to this project, and the process can be explained by The expansive learning circle. A collective activity is involving our students, making use of their competences and diversity. Our data collection brings knowledge both about how the refugees look at being road users, and how the project influences their road safety thinking, and how the students embrace a wider horizon of possibilities in their study.
Nord university
Nord university
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