Schools and Community Co-ordinators
Dublin Bus employs dedicated Schools and Community Co-ordinators who are responsible for developing a programme of education and information which is administered in local national and secondary schools across Dublin.
By highlighting the benefits of the bus among these children, Dublin Bus aims to promote the value of public transport in local communities among younger customers. The Co-ordinators visit schools and use different techniques to communicate how to use and respect public transport in their area including talks, exhibiting educational films, on bus CCTV demonstrations and an annual Children’s Art Competition. 300 school visits took place in 2015.
Schools Educational Film
We’ve teamed up with illustrator Aoife Dooley, to create an informative film which includes four short stories teaching young people how to use the bus responsibly. Each story is designed to engage on a peer level, showing children how important the bus is to their lives, their families and their communities. As part of the schools education programme the Schools and Community Co-ordinators will visit schools to show the film. In addition to showing them how to use the bus responsibly, the film also teaches the wider message of social responsibility; how the way we act individually impacts upon our fellow Dubliners.
The informative short film uses the voices of Dublin children, Adam Donovan from St. Thomas’ National School in Jobstown, Kadie Morrison from St. Raphael's School, Kylemore Road, Katie Kelly from St. Ultan's Primary School, Cherry Orchard, Nick Rebreanu, Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School and Aoife’s distinctive style of illustration to bring to life stories that can happen on the bus. The film can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
Children’s Art Competition
Our Schools and Community Co-ordinators undertake an annual Children’s Art Competition in national schools across Dublin. The competition began in 2002 with a pilot programme in the Dublin 17 area. Such was its success that it is now an annual event and children in national schools throughout Dublin are invited to take part each year and submit a picture or poem with a Dublin Bus theme.
The winning entries are published in a Dublin Bus calendar that is distributed among the participating schools, our employees and elected representatives in the Greater Dublin Area. A new selection of schools is chosen from across the Greater Dublin Area and invited to participate in the competition with a new calendar being produced annually.