Every day, 30 people perish on Vietnam's roads, many of them children. Countless others are permanently disabled, plunging families into poverty with overwhelming medical costs and lost wages. In Vietnam, motorcycles have given mobility to the masses, but also put the next generation of road users at greater risk. There is a national helmet law in place that includes all motorcyclists above the age of six, however only 38 percent of children in Vietnam's major cities wear helmets.
Helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent and death by 42 percent, but just donating helmets doesn't necessarily instill good helmet wearing habits. That is why this program also equips teachers to engage children in learning safe road behavior, raises awareness among the entire school community, and improves the safety environment around schools. By essentially making helmets part of the school uniform, lives can be saved.
1,500 children will become safer and smarter road users who understand the importance of helmet use. We will empower the school to establish road safety norms, where all students wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle or bicycle and look both ways when they cross the street. The entire school community will benefit from road safety awareness-building activities and carry their good habits far beyond the actual program.
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