Transport Minister Danny Kennedy visited Abbots Cross Primary School in Newtownabbey, during Walk to School Week (May 19 to 23).
He joined local schoolchildren encouraging them to support the initiative.
The Minister spoke to pupils about the health and environmental benefits of walking to and from school.
Abbots Cross Primary was one of 140 schools across the province which took part in Walk to School Week.
The Minister said: “Walk to School Week gives the younger generation the opportunity and encouragement to incorporate walking into their daily routine.
“It is vital that children learn about the health, social and environmental advantages of walking from a young age so they can develop positive attitudes towards their travel habits.
“Being active helps build a foundation for better health, which is just one of the many good reasons why Walk to School Week is such an important initiative.”
As part of Walk to School Week, the Department of Regional Development’s Travelwise NI initiative is running a photography competition and is inviting all primary schools in Northern Ireland to take part.
The competition is free to enter and primary school pupils, their parents and their school teachers, are being encouraged to enter photographs, promoting walking to school to be in with a chance to win a photography master class for up to 60 pupils. Five runner-up prizes, one from each Education and Library Board, will win an online photography workshop or the chance to have professional photograph taken of each class.
Post primary school pupils are also being asked to complete an online survey of their methods of travelling to and from school using the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WalktoSchoolWeek2014. All post primary school pupils that complete the survey by May 30 will be entered into a draw to win a Kindle Fire or cinema tickets.
For further information: www.nidirect.gov.uk/travelwiseni.