Petition – Creating a nation of lifesavers
In the UK as a whole only five percent of people have first aid training, while areas of deprivation and poverty in Scotland have higher death rates and lower life expectancy, and first aid training is often low on the list of priorities due to the cost involved.
However, First Aid is not part of the school curriculum in Scotland and therefore it is down to each individual authority whether or not these life-saving skills are taught to pupils.
What we’re looking to do
Our goal is to ensure that all state primary schools in Scotland incorporate basic first aid as an integral part of their curriculum, providing high quality teaching materials on what to do in common emergencies, as well as direct training and support for teachers to enable them to deliver these skills in short, interactive first aid workshops.
We want to teach young people who might not otherwise have access to first aid training how to save lives, enabling them to be responsible citizens and effective contributors to society.
If children and young adults are equipped with these skills at an early age and within school, they will become lifelong advocates of first aid and make a huge difference within their families and their local community.
How do I get involved?
We’ve created a petition calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that all primary schools in Scotland incorporate basic first aid as an integral part of their curriculum, and provide funding in order to develop high quality teaching materials on what to do in common emergencies, as well as to establish training and support for teachers to enable them to deliver these skills during short, interactive first aid workshops.
We’d be grateful if you could lend us your voice and your support, and sign our petition.