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REACHING
OUT TO SCHOOLS

At SNCF, we’re working with teachers to bring safety, civic responsibility and regional development issues into the classroom.


A student reads the booklet Voyageur et Citoyen

The SNCF educational approach

For over 20 years, SNCF has been undertaking awareness actions aimed at young people to promote good behaviour and prevent accidents by the tracks, on platforms and on trains. By teaching the civic behaviour to be adopted in public transport (respect for other travellers and the equipment available, etc.), we’re working with our users to meet their expectations in terms of prevention, community life and service quality.

In 2006, the group signed a partnership agreement with the French Ministry of National Education and officially committed to the "development of safety and civic education in railway transport". The "Voyageur et citoyen" (Passenger and citizen) programme, used in classes, is part of this agreement.


Our school-based
programmes

As part of the “Voyageur and citoyen” programme, teachers can bring an SNCF employee into the classroom to discuss civic responsibility and safety in the rail system—they just need to ask. Content is designed for students ages 8-18, is available to schools within France and only in French, and there is no charge.

To round out this guest presentation, or to cover these topics on their own, teachers can choose from our collection of teaching tools and readymade lesson plans, structured to fit into school curricula. They are even more effective in that they are tailored to each age group:

  • primary-school children identify rules to follow through cartoons
  • middle-school students have to make decisions that influence the course of the workshop
  • high-school students explore a scene after an event and are tasked with investigating which rules were not followed and understanding what happened

SNCF makes these teaching tools available to schools under special agreements with the French Ministry of Education.