Protecting the lives of students and ensuring their safety on the roads requires dedicated partnerships with families, schools, and governments. These past few months, AIP Foundation has continued to work with teachers, parents, students, and stakeholders to promote broader community awareness and knowledge regarding the importance of helmet use. Through these partnerships, we have launched school-based education campaigns and helmet distributions to provide life-saving knowledge and access to safety equipment for students in Cambodia.
At Onlong Vil Primary School in Battambang Province, Cambodia, as part of our Helmets for Families program, we worked with schools and volunteers to carry out head measurements of 60 student representatives to ensure the student beneficiaries are properly fitted for the quality helmets they will receive during the 2019-2020 school year. During the upcoming school year, we will distribute over 1,200 helmets to students, teachers, and parents at Onlong Vil Primary School. Together with students, we also painted murals on school walls to spread positive messages about road safety. Through interactive extracurricular activities which reinforce road safety messages for students, we aim to empower them to promote safer behaviors to their peers and teachers.
During the Second Annual Conference on Road Safety in Cambodia, we shared the positive results of our safe school zone campaign in Vietnam. Promoting the lives and well-being of students requires partnerships across countries and the exchange of knowledge: for the stakeholders gathered in Phnom Penh, we discussed the importance of public awareness campaigns, tailored school zone modifications, and pilot road safety e-curriculum for our work in Vietnam.
We will continue to work to leverage our partnerships and promote safer road behavior to ensure the well-being of our student beneficiaries and vulnerable road users across our program countries.
Read on to see these partnerships in action.
Volunteers from Manulife Cambodia and AIP Foundation staff paint a mural which reads, "Everything is for children's road safety," on school walls.
“Everything is for children’s road safety” message painted on school walls in Cambodia
November 21, 2019
In support of the Helmets for Families program, Manulife Cambodia volunteers joined AIP Foundation staff to paint murals with positive messages about road safety on the school walls at Onlong Vil Primary School, as part of a larger effort to promote helmet-wearing among students during their commutes to and from school. The students were excited to participate in the painting with the volunteers.
This activity follows helmet measurements which were taken the day before at the school. During the 2019-2020 school year, with the support of Manulife Cambodia, AIP Foundation aims to distribute over 1,200 helmets to students, teachers, and parents at Onlong Vil Primary School through the Helmets for Families program.
See more photos from the activity here.
Manulife Cambodia volunteer assists a student with proper helmet fitting at Onlong Vil Primary School.
Manulife Cambodia volunteers support AIP Foundation in conducting helmet measurements for students through Helmets for Families
November 20, 2019 - Battambang Province, Cambodia
Manulife Cambodia and AIP Foundation staff conducted helmet fittings with 60 student representatives at Onlong Vil Primary School, Battambang Province, on November 20, 2019, as part of the Helmets for Families program. Manulife Cambodia’s volunteers committed their time to engage with students and discuss road safety awareness topics during the head measurements.
Following the helmet measurements, AIP Foundation and Manulife Cambodia will conduct a pre-intervention student knowledge test to gain a better understanding of the students’ awareness of road crash risk before the program officially begins.During the 2019-2020 school year, with the support of Manulife Cambodia, AIP Foundation aims to distribute over 1,200 helmets to students, teachers, and parents at Onlong Vil Primary School.
Since 2012, AIP Foundation and Manulife Cambodia have partnered together to protect the most vulnerable road users through the Helmets for Families and have donated over 5,000 high-quality helmets.
See photos here.
AIP Foundation Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant, Minh Vo, delivering presentation at the 2nd Annual Conference for Road Safety in Cambodia.
Slow Zones, Safe Zones highlight results presented at the 2nd Annual Conference for Road Safety in Cambodia
September 5, 2019 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
AIP Foundation presented mid-term highlight results of the Slow Zones, Safe Zones program, a speed reduction program in Pleiku City, Vietnam, that began in April 2018 and will conclude in March 2020, at the Second Annual Conference for Road Safety in Cambodia.
Slow Zones, Safe Zones uses a multi-pronged approach to reduce speed through constructing tailored school zone modifications, implementing public awareness campaigns, piloting a nationally-applicable road safety e-curriculum, enforcing speed limits in school zones, and advocating for legislative change. In Vietnam, 25% of road crashes are caused by speeding.
Through post-implementation vehicle speed measurements, preliminary speed results show that the average speed of motorcycles around the pilot schools was reduced by an average of 5 km/hour, the average speed of cars reduced by 11 km/hour, and larger vehicles, such as buses, showed reductions of almost 20 km/hour.
The audience members were active participants in the discussion, raising questions about the police enforcement component, as well as the Star Ratings for Schools Assessment and e-curriculum development.The Second Annual Conference for Road Safety in Cambodia brought together policy makers, concerned government bodies, non-governmental organizations, private sector, media, and road safety advocates in support of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
You can read more about the conference here.
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from the conference.