Friday, 19 October 2012

Sidewalks and safety at 'Model School Zone'

Ceremony at the Nguyen Thi Minh Khai school (copyright AIPD
Safe Kids Worldwide has celebrated the latest phase of its Model School Zone pilot programme, with the unveiling of infrastructure improvements, including a new sidewalk, traffic lights and rumble strips, at a school in Vietnam. The Model School Zone initiative, which combines the implementation of pedestrian infrastructure improvements with in-school education and parental awareness raising, is running in 10 countries with the support of FedEx, via a grant to the Road Safety Fund.

As we prepare for the 2nd UN Global Road Safety Week, highlighting pedestrian safety, in May 2013, the implementation and evaluation of the Model School Zone initiative will provide vital information on the impact and benefits of protecting children in the environs of their school. Baseline research conducted at the Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Primary School, where the Vietnam pilot is based, suggested that 16% of the 600 children, who predominantly walk to school, had been in a collision of some kind with a vehicle before the project began.

See the website of the AIP Foundation, the Safe Kids partner in Vietnam, for more details of the scheme and before-and-after images of the improvements that have been put in place.

The Safe Kids Vietnam team with school officials

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