Sep 25, 2017

First phase of Safety Delivered surveys students at four Cambodian universities

A university student in Cambodia takes a survey.
A university student in Cambodia takes a survey.

As another new school year begins, some students have been learning about road safety all summer, both inside and outside the classroom. Keep reading to find out how our school-based programs from university to primary school are creating a safe generation of young road users.

First phase of Safety Delivered surveys students at four Cambodian universities 
18 July, 2017- Phnom Penh

AIP Foundation has partnered with four universities in Cambodia for its new Safety Delivered program, which will include road safety education and public awareness campaigns to raise students’ awareness of the risks of distracted driving. As part of the first phase of the program, we conducted a baseline survey to gather information on the attitudes and driving behaviors of university students. We interviewed 100 students from each university and will develop these findings into an educational toolkit on relevant road safety topics. Participating universities include Royal University of Phnom Penh, Asia Europe University, Phnom Penh International University, and Pannasastra University.

Safety Delivered is a multi-country partnership with The UPS Foundation, that will be implemented in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar. The organizations have been working together since 2011 on school-based and advocacy-focused road safety initiatives in Southeast Asia.

View more photos here.

300 students continue to receive road safety lessons during their summer vacation 
28 July, 2017- Siem Reap

Helmets for Families, a program supported by Manulife Cambodia, kept busy during the summer vacation at Kessararam Primary School with interactive, police led road safety lessons for students as well as community outreach activities to promote helmet use and road safety. Manulife volunteers teamed up with traffic police from Siem Reap to lead road safety lessons for 300 students from Kessararam Primary School. The students reinforced what they learned through interactive games, including a painting contest, a bicycle race, and a quiz of road safety questions.

As part of Helmets for Families programming, volunteers from theYoung Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS) network and from local universities did outreach in the community surrounding Kessararam Primary School. The volunteers distributed educational materials on the importance of helmet use as well as safe driving and road behavior. One thousand leaflets were placed in strategic high-volume centers to encourage the community to wear helmets.

Manulife Cambodia has supported the Helmets for Families program since 2012. Throughout its tenure, in addition to equipping school children with life-saving road safety knowledge and skills, the program has provided nearly 4,000 helmets to some of the country's most vulnerable road users.

Australian Ambassador meets with 30 YARS student representatives 
1 August, 2017- Siem Reap

Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Angela Corcoran, met with 30 university students from the Young Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS) program to review its progress. The student ambassadors presented on the program’s achievements and lessons learned thus far, and offered recommendations for future implementation. Key initiatives discussed included the ‘Save Lives. Slow Down’ Joint Statement, which was drafted by YARS representatives as part of the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week.

Ms. Corcoran thanked AIP Foundation for its support of the program and the student advocates for their efforts to make the roads safe for their local community. The meeting was held at the University of South East Asia in Siem Reap.

Students learn how to properly put on a helmet.
Students learn how to properly put on a helmet.
A student speaks with the Australian ambassador.
A student speaks with the Australian ambassador.

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Aug 29, 2017

Australian university students donate 35 helmets for Vietnamese children

Australian students tour the Protec factory.
Australian students tour the Protec factory.

As the summer holiday draws to a close, AIP Foundation is preparing for another exciting school year of education and awareness programs throughout Vietnam. Read below to learn about some interesting advancements from the past few months, including a visit to the Protec helmet manufacturing factory in Hanoi and a look back at the 2016-2017 Helmets for Kids program.

Local stakeholders gather for helmet program year-end review meeting 
28 June, 2017 - Dong Nai Province

Fifty-seven stakeholders gathered in Dong Nai Province to discuss and reflect on the progress made through the Helmets for Kids program over the previous school year. Representatives from the local Department of Education and Training, primary schools, and others joined AIP Foundation and the local media during the meeting. As part of the school-based helmet safety education and awareness program, select schools received subsidized helmets, hosted extracurricular activities, and implemented an educational curriculum.

View more photos from the meeting here.

Australian university students donate 35 helmets for Vietnamese children, visit Protec helmet factory 
5 July, 2017- Hanoi

Students from the University of Adelaide in Australia donated 35 children’s helmets to AIP Foundation after a visit to the Protec factory in Hanoi. During the tour, the students learned about the history and mission of AIP Foundation, as well as current road safety challenges in low- and middle-income countries. The students also observed how to construct a helmet and the process for testing helmet quality in the on-site lab.

Dinh Kim Phuong, the nonprofit’s National Program Manager for the country, thanked the University of Adelaide students for their donation, which she said will “help protect Vietnamese children and their future.” The visit to the Protec factory was organized by AIP Foundation and the Australian Embassy in Vietnam.

In 2001, AIP Foundation's President and Founder, Greig Craft, founded Protec and began producing the world’s first "tropical" motorcycle helmet. Since its inception, the factory has produced nearly 6.5 million helmets.

View more photos from the visit here.

50 university students share road safety experiences through focus group
25 August, 2017- Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

AIP Foundation conducted focus group discussions with 50 students at five universities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to identify the main causes of road crashes for young people. The discussion aimed to identify the gaps in students’ knowledge of crash prevention strategies, and how best to share road safety information with university students for our new Safety Delivered program. The participants in the focus group shared their road experiences as well as observations of common mistakes made by other road users. The university students also contributed innovative ideas to help inform program design, including engaging celebrities in Safety Delivered program activities in order to attract students and increase the program’s effectiveness. We will develop an educational toolkit on relevant road safety topics based on the results of the group discussions. Safety Delivered is a new program being implemented in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar with support from The UPS Foundation.

View more photos from the focus group discussions here.

Focus group discussion with students held in HCMC.
Focus group discussion with students held in HCMC.
57 stakeholders discussed Helmets for Kids.
57 stakeholders discussed Helmets for Kids.

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Jun 29, 2017

Meet Chantheavin, 8 - a helmet protected her from a potential brain injury

Chantheavin's helmet protected her during a crash.
Chantheavin's helmet protected her during a crash.

Meet Chantheavin, 8, who received a helmet through our Head Safe. Helmet On. program, which protected her from suffering a potential brain injury during a recent road crash. Read below for more on her story, as well as road safety advocacy and education initiatives a group of passionate university students has been championing in Cambodia.

 

Helmet safety achievements featured in Federation Internationale de l’Automobile’s AUTO magazine

20 June, 2017

The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile’s AUTO magazine showcased AIP Foundation’s Head Safe. Helmet On. program in a feature story in its latest edition. The helmet safety initiative was implemented in Cambodia from 2014-2016. It was supported by U.S. AID-Development Innovation Ventures, FIA Foundation, The UPS Foundation, and other cost-sharing partners. The story in AUTO magazine shares the realities Cambodian families, including Chantheavin's, face on their country’s roads each day, as well as the work being championed by diverse stakeholders to save lives and strengthen legislation.

Read the full story via Issuu here, or via the FIA Foundation website here.

Download the full PDF here.

 

Cambodian university students call for communities, government officials to #SlowDown to save lives 

5 May, 2017 - Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia

In tandem with the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week, university students, as part of the Young Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS) program, raised awareness about the need to #SlowDown to save lives in their communities. With support from AIP Foundation, the student ambassadors drafted a ‘Save Lives. Slow Down’ Joint Statement that calls for action from government bodies and the broader community to commit to implementing effective measures that will reduce speed-related road crash deaths and injuries. Key road safety stakeholders, including 20’s Plenty for Us, the Australian Road Research Board, and road safety nonprofits in Cambodia, have endorsed the Joint Statement.

From 8-9 May, selected YARS representatives presented the Joint Statement to national level government bodies including the Secretary General of the National Road Safety Committee, the General Commissariat of National Police, and Passenger Transportation Companies to solicit their support for the cause. From 11-12 May, the ambassadors organized #SlowDown to Save Lives campaigns at three primary schools and three universities in Siem Reap Province: Kruosh Primary School, Por Langka Primary school, Phum Thnol Primary School, Pannasasstra University of Cambodia, Cambodian University of Specialties, and University of South East Asia.

Read the full media advisory here.

Chantheavin (center) and her parents.
Chantheavin (center) and her parents.
Students in Cambodia spread the #SlowDown message.
Students in Cambodia spread the #SlowDown message.
The YARS participants visit a primary school.
The YARS participants visit a primary school.

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