Topic outline

  • Summary

    This project is a decade campaign focusing on raising awareness on the benefits of walking. More concrete, teachers in the kindergarten and parents are trained to support children to learn WALKING to their schools. Workshops for parents, professional development for kindergarten teachers and joyful activities for children provide deeper insight in traffic reduction, safety and health aspects and general benefits of regular walking.

  • Aims

    Raising awareness for traffic and traffic reduction

    *        Promoting benefits of motion and walking

    *        Training kindergarten teachers to support children on walking to their future schools

    *        Providing relevant information for parents (environmental education, safety)

    *        Train children to behave in a climate friendly way

    *        Sustainable behaviour training for children.

  • Main activities

    *        Workshops for parents

    *        Training (professional development) for kindergarten teacher

    *        Learning activities for young children

  • Involved actors

    Environmental educators, kindergarten teacher.

  • Connection with the curriculum

    Major aspects of the educational framework for the early childhood are taken in consideration:   

  • Where to find the application or case

    Web based, announced on the website of “Energie- und Umweltagentur Niederösterreich”,

  • Content

    Walking is healthy and climate friendly and besides, less traffic makes the way to school more secure for pupils and students. The project “walking works” was initiated by the NGO “die umweltberatung” in 2006 in the province of lower Austria and is focusing on children in the last year of the kindergarten. Children learn how to manage their future way to school by WALKING. The aim is to motivate young children to walk because this trains their future behaviour on one hand and on the other hand children act as role models for their parents. 

    On their way to school pupils learn about nature and environment, they come in contact with others and become more self-reliant. Less traffic is climate friendly and makes the way to school saver for all. An important aim of this project is to train kindergarten teacher and enable them to foster safe and joyful walks to school.

    This project was awarded in 2007 with the UNSCO price for “UN decades projects” (Education for sustainable development) and since then received further awards.


    Aims of this project in general:

    *        reduction of traffic around schools and on the ways to schools

    *        informing parents about health benefits and safety concerning WALKING to school 

    *        promote fun of motion, joy of walking

    *        information and games around the topic “on the move”


    The project starts in the kindergarten and is based on movement-workshops for children. The topics “walking” and “movement” are treated in game-based and child-friendly activities. Workshops for parents including safety training and expert lectures about relevant environmental topics are offered in order to sensitize adults and support parents to support their children.

    An essential part of this project is the professional development for kindergarten teachers organized by “die umweltberatung” (Eco counselling) in cooperation with the local governmental authority.


    Aims of the professional training for kindergarten teacher:

    *        presentation of an holistic approach concerning the topic „walking to school“

    *        practical support to implement this topic in a child-friendly manner

    *        information and training on how to work with parents

    *        support for kindergarten teacher to organise this project in the future


    The project is organised annually by the NGO “die umweltberatung” in cooperation with the "Energie- und Umweltagentur Niederösterreich” to train kindergarten teacher in order to enable them to promote save walks to school.

  • Relation to a green topic and curriculum

    This project is in accordance with the references of the Austrian education framework for early education

  • Being interdisciplinary: Drawing upon many academic disciplines and teaching methods

    The project addresses numerous specific fields as e.g. healthiness, sports, environmental education and climate protection.

  • Relevance to the daily life of students

    As going to school is part of the daily life of all pupils and students the project has relevance for a large target group. The project supports pupils to act in a self-reliant way.

  • Based on accurate and factual professional expertise

    Modern mobility has lots of benefits but at the same time increasing traffic has a number of negative aspects as the endangerment of bicyclists and pedestrians and environmental impacts. Children are effected in a very direct way, up to date findings has to be demonstrated to them and their parents.