Background Japan has the growing interest in International Safe School (ISS) Programs, a sub-category of the International Safe Community. Schools have an increased need for collaborative efforts with parents and communities to provide safe environment to children. On the other hand, communities have found that ISS is very good strategies to raise the future force to take care of their communities.
Purpose This study aims to identify the impacts of ISS programs in the qualitative and quantitative aspects. The study focused on how much safety is improved and how much ability was increased in students.
Methodology Several elementary schools and Jr. high schools were selected among round 30 schools working on ISS in Japan. To see the impact on safety level, injury related data was collected at the health school infirmaries. To see the impact on the abilities of students and schools, records on the students’ meetings was analyzed and the interviews were conducted to students, teachers and relevant individuals.
Result The significant decline in the number of injuries was made because children’s capacity to identify and avoid risks of injuries. In addition, the changes in the attitude of the children to other issues were confirmed by the interviews to the teachers and principals. Students have become more settle down and motivated to study in the classes.
Conclusion ISS programs can empower children to become the force of safety promotion in the community. Through ISS programs, children are learning how to identify risks, avoid injury and promote safety. In addition, Experience in ISS programs make influence on students’ QOL. Those findings can be a good motivation for schools challenging safety promotion and seeking for improvement of children’s academic performance.