AIP Foundation wrapped up the Vietnamese school year with several exciting events and reflected on the outstanding helmet use results achieved nationwide.
In May 2015, more than 1,000 students and their families shouted “I Love Helmets” in Ho Chi Minh City. The phrase was heard among students across Ho Chi Minh City as part of a family event encouraging helmet use. Organized under AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Kids program, the event included a poster exhibition, creative road safety competitions, and several interactive road safety games to improve the awareness and significance of child helmet use. This family event was the first-ever citywide gathering for school students and their families to participate in road safety activities together.
A few days later, a helmet donation ceremony took place in Hanoi on the occasion of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Charles H. Rivkin’s visit. This is the first event to take place under the new partnership between AIP Foundation and the U.S. Department of State and is one of many that supports the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam. Assistant Secretary of State Rivkin participated in a symbolic helmet handover at the event that represents the U.S.-Vietnam shared vision of a safer future for its children. Helmets were distributed to all 671 students and teachers.
On a national level, government agencies and AIP Foundation organized a midterm review of the National Child Helmet Action Plan in early May. Delegates from ministries, departments, and provincial levels across Vietnam shared implementation experiences, discussed the direction for the Action Plan’s next phase, and celebrated achievements. Average child helmet use across Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang was 38% at baseline. After the launch of the National Child Helmet Action Plan and related police enforcement, child helmet use increased significantly to 68% across the three cities.
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On March 17, 2015, AIP Foundation organized a kick-off ceremony in Quang Nam Province to mark another year of Helmets for Kids. This is the first year Quang Nam Province schools are receiving helmet donations and road safety education under the Helmets for Kids program. Five primary schools in Quang Nam Province received 2,987 helmets at the ceremony. Representatives from the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), and local partners attended the ceremony and took part in the symbolic helmet handover.
A total of 9,100 helmets will be distributed to primary students and teachers at 44 schools across Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Dong Nai, and Quang Nam provinces throughout 2015. The remaining helmets will be distributed in September at the start of the 2015-2016 school year to primary schools in these four provinces. The selected schools are located in four of 15 major provinces implementing the National Child Helmet Action Plan. The Action Plan is coordinated by AIP Foundation, NTSC, and other road safety supporters and aims to reach 80% child helmet-wearing rates by 2016.
On April 2, 2015, the C67 traffic police and NTSC launched the National Enforcement Action Plan for child helmet use. The National Enforcement Action Plan will be applied and implemented in provinces across Vietnam and will connect all relevant agencies, including district-, commune-, and village-level enforcement with the ability to enhance police monitoring together. The National Enforcement Action Plan is a part of the larger National Child Helmet Action Plan, which aims to significantly increase child helmet-wearing rates.
Representatives from the C67, NTSC, MoET, traffic police, and supporting partners attended the launch. An “enhanced police enforcement” week scheduled from April 6-10, 2015 is a major component of the plan.
As part of the “enhanced police enforcement” week, police and public security forces will patrol schools for compliance with the child helmet law. From April 6-9, motorcycle drivers whose children are not wearing helmets will be stopped and given a ‘reminder’ and all violation cases will be reported to the schools to take further action. These ‘reminders’ will shift to traffic penalty fines on April 10, 2015. Police will then begin strict enforcement for violators who do not put helmets on child passengers.
This government prioritization of child helmet use would not have been possible without your support. Your contributions have enabled us to implement our Helmets for Kids programs, which involves a component of government engagement. Through the implementation of our school-based programs, we have strengthened our relationships with the government, increased their focus on road safety, and built their capacity to effectively improve Vietnam’s roads. The National Child Helmet Action Plan is a key example, and similar policy changes will lead to more sustainable and widespread interventions that protect Vietnamese children from road traffic casualties.
Extracurricular activities are a major component of the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation’s Helmets for Kids program. These activities are enacted to reinforce students’ awareness of child helmet use and road safety. Hundreds of Vietnamese students participated in engaging road safety themed games and performances these past few months.
Last November, 39 Helmets for Kids schools in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Dong Nai provinces participated in “Making Traffic Safety Fun” talent shows. These shows were the first extracurricular events under the Helmets for Kids program to gather schools province-wide. Through the arts of song, dance, and fashion, students and teachers showcased their road safety knowledge and expressed their commitment to helmet use and safe road behavior. Representatives from the Vietnamese government, AIP Foundation, and corporate partners played the role of talent show judges.
AIP Foundation organized a Traffic Safety Day on December 11th at Chuong Duong Primary School in Hanoi. More than 380 individuals, including students and teachers of Chuong Duong Primary School, attended the event. Students participated in traffic safety games and were educated on how to wear helmets correctly. Traffic Safety Day was a project component of our Helmets for Families program in Ho Chi Minh City and Tra Vinh Province.
An extracurricular event was organized at Ai Quoc Primary School in Hanoi on December 16th. Over 850 individuals attended, including students, teachers, and parents of Ai Quoc Primary School; the Ai Quoc Bureau of Education and Training; and the Ai Quoc People’s Committee and Youth Union. Parents and teachers teamed up with students to learn about the importance of using helmets and being safe on the roads.
Thanks to your support, we were able to provide students with these fun opportunities to understand the importance of wearing helmets when traveling by motorcycle or bicycle. We will continue reinforcing this life-saving message over the coming months.
The Vietnamese school year began in September. AIP Foundation collaborated with its partners to bring thousands of helmets to young students in Vietnam through the Helmets for Kids program. The goal is to equip students with helmets so that they may be protected from head injuries and fatalities for the remainder of the year.
The first week of September was an exciting period for students at Trung Vuong and Ai Quoc Primary School—it was time for the Helmets for Kids kick-off ceremonies! On September 9th, 1,925 students at Trung Vuong Primary School, located in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, received high-quality helmets from AIP Foundation. The ceremony was filled with students’ speeches and performances that demonstrated the importance of safe roads and quality helmets.
Students at Ai Quoc Primary School, which is located in Hai Duong Province, have been the beneficiaries of the Helmets for Kids program for over three years. In the program’s first year, all students and teachers at Ai Quoc Primary School received helmets and road safety education. For the second and third program years, helmets were donated to first graders; new teachers; and students from second to fifth grade who had outgrown, lost, or damaged their helmets. 882 helmets have been donated to Ai Quoc Primary School students over the past three years.
On September 16th, a ceremony was held to renew school excitement for road safety and bring 240 new helmets and educational materials to students.
In addition to helmet ceremonies, AIP Foundation conducted head size measurement activities for two primary schools in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. This activity is vital because it ensures that each student receives a properly-sized helmet that will protect them from head injury in a crash. Volunteers visited the two project schools and measured the head sizes of more than 2,000 students for an upcoming helmet donation.
We hope that 2014-2015 will be another fascinating school year for students at our Helmets for Kids project schools. These students will not only receive new helmets as part of their school uniforms, but learn life-saving traffic knowledge and skills to become safe road users. Help us to continue the momentum and support helmet safety for children by donating now!
As part of our efforts to protect children on the road in Vietnam, AIP Foundation conducts training workshops for journalists and policy makers with the aim of building capacity and enhancing the implementation of child helmet regulation and awareness raising. The trainings are part of our “Children also need a helmet” National Campaign, and provide participants with road safety and helmet use knowledge in order to enable them to maximize their roles in road safety behavior change communications and child helmet use promoting actions.
As the results of our trainings conducted in three major cities (Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Hanoi) in 2013, the government and journalist trainees reported that they have effectively applied what they learned in their work and found these takeaways extremely useful. Within six months after the trainings, the journalists produced 80 news articles, features, and TV documentaries promoting child helmet use awareness. Meanwhile, the government officials applied the training takeaways in a variety of activities, such as training others, developing communications plans, and assessing the current helmet use situation. These exciting outcomes are tangible indicators of our program’s efficiency and incentives for us to conduct more capacity building programs.
From the success of previous program, AIP Foundation is bringing capacity building trainings to six additional provinces in Vietnam. In June 2014, we met with road safety stakeholders, including government representatives, and the local media in these provinces. At the meeting, provincial governors showed their interest in the project and requested AIP Foundation to conduct road safety programs for local primary schools. Each province expressed their commitment to developing an action plan to increase local child helmet rates.
Our efforts to put a helmet on every child and protect children from brain injury cannot be achieved without the critical support and coordination of our stakeholders, especially media members and government officials. Our cooperation has been generating positive impacts and bringing us closer to a future of safer roads for children.
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