All systems go for eThekwini’s school road safety project
DURBAN – An international road safety campaign led in eight school’s by the eThekwini, focuses on improving safety in and around schools and reduce risk on the roads through better road safety education for communities , students and teachers in order to provide safer environments and road use.
The eThekwini together with the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) have started up a Safe Schools Project-Road Safety Campaign which will focus on improving road safety in and around schools.
The project is aimed at pupils in grades 1 to 7 which introduces safe road infrastructure to and from school, road safety education for pupils and a teacher training package, This training equips teachers with the relevant road safety knowledge to be shared in schools as well as extending this information to parents and communities which will help decrease the levels of child fatalities on the road , which sadly happens whilst scholars who are unaware of the rules of the road, run across it.
The foundation for this project was laid in 2006, when eThekwini Transport Authority officials began visiting schools throughout the City, recording accident data, providing interactive road safety demonstrations, supporting educational material as well as upgrading infrastructure such as sidewalks, student patrols and other traffic calming measures, planning for the project began in January this year,however implementation through events and activities started in June 2016, and will continue through to June 2017.
EThekwini Transport Authority’s Deputy Head, Logan Moodley, said, “he is excited about the project as it allows for a strong partnership between all stakeholders, especially between pupils and teachers which will create a strong platform for continuous collaboration and action”.
The cooperative efforts of the eThekwini Transport Authority, participating schools, Departments of Transport and Education, law enforcement and community representatives will discuss issues such as the speed of vehicles around schools, the dangers of traffic and parked vehicles around school zones, and children not wearing safety belts being addressed as teams embark on this project initiative.