Toyota Extends Support of Driver Education

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Toyota Ireland is delighted to announce the renewal of its sponsorship of the Irish School of Excellence which delivers the Secondary Schools Driver Education Programme nationwide.

The Irish School of Excellence is focused on educating young people to adopt a common sense and safety led approach to driving, enabling them to learn about road safety and gain a driving license.

The classroom based programme was initially offered in schools around Clare, but has now been successfully expanded nationwide with over 140 secondary schools enrolled for the course for the coming academic year.

Year one of the course consists of a 10 week classroom module taught by the Transition year teachers in the school – the focus of which is to prepare the students for the Driver Theory Lesson. Working in cooperation with the Road Safety Authority and the Gardai this course educates young people about the consequences of dangerous and irresponsible driving. Practical modules form the basis of year 2 with students taking 10 driving lessons – all of which provided by qualified local driving instructors.

With the support of Toyota, including the provision of two vehicles, the Irish School of Excellence aims to further develop the programme, including plans to open a Driving Campus in Ennis where young drivers can improve their driving skills in a safe environment.

During the 2009/10 academic year the Irish School of Excellence will also benefit from the support of the Toyota Fund for Europe, a pan European organization which provides funds for grass-root community activities focusing on the areas of environment, road safety and technical education.

With this support the school aims to offer students a discount when undertaking the Secondary Schools Driver Education Programme during the 2009/10 academic year.

If you would like more information regarding the Irish School of Excellence or to register your interest in the Secondary Schools Driver Education Programme log onto the website: www.irishsoe.com .