Analyses and data input from Itumeleng and Taung Primary schools

Emergency Assist 991, FIA and SORSA Botswana have partnered with iRAP to ensure Safer Roads to Schools for our children.

iRAP (the International Road Assessment Programme) is the umbrella programme for Road Assessment Programmes (RAPs) worldwide that are working to save lives. iRAP’s Risk Mapping, Star Rating, Safer Roads Investment Plans and Policy and Performance Tracking tools are helping partners across the world.

Star Ratings are based on road inspection data and provide a simple and objective measure of the level of safety which is ‘built-in’ to the road for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. It is from this star rating that recommendations are made for changes that ultimately make the school journey a safe one for our little ones.

Safer Roads to Schools

Three primary schools have been selected to be the first beneficiaries of this programme based on the condition and traffic flow on the roads around or leading to those schools. Mogoditshane, Itumeleng and Taung Primary Schools were selected because of their unique high risk profiles.

For 4 days from 9-12 July 2019, a training-workshop on iRAP star rating for school survey and assessment was held at City Town Lodge to prepare participants for our Safer Roads to Schools programme.

Training on the use of star rating App – DAY 1

Trainees were informed about objectives of the workshop, introduced and trained in the use of star rating app. Checklist/coding guide was used during the survey, it covers things like vehicle flow, location, road environment, road features, sideways, intersections.

Survey and data analysis & input in Mogoditshane Primary School – DAY 2

iRAP Survey at Mogoditshane Primary School

On the second day the trainees carried out an assessment/survey at Mogoditshane Primary School. They were divided into groups to do observations and record data in different points around the school that was in the morning and in the afternoon (peak hours). The data was recorded was based on the iRAP training received on the first day.

Survey at Itumeleng and Taung Primary Schools – DAY 3

The assessment/survey continued on to the third day at Itumeleng and Taung Primary Schools in the morning and in the afternoon. Trainees were divided into two groups, others went to Taung while others went to Itumeleng Primary School. Just like the previous day observations and data was recorded in different points around the school at varying times.

iRAP Survey - Learners crossing the road at Itumeleng Primary School

Analyses & input of data collected from Itumeleng and Taung Primary schools and graduation ceremony – DAY 4

The fourth day was the day when our trainees got together to input the data collected from the schools. The trainees logged into the Star Rating for Schools app and used it to input the data collected from the surveys. We also had a chance to show them how much we appreciate their efforts by giving them certificates of completion.

This was the beginning of our drive to improve safety for children on our roads to and from school as we prepare for the roll-out of our Safer Roads to Schools Programme.

safer roads to school programme partners

For countries in a phase of rapid motorization, roads are often built without due consideration for the communities they pass through. A shift in mind set is desperately needed to ensure that roads everywhere serve the needs of and are safe for all who use them, including children. On Wednesday 26th June 2019, Emergency Assist 991 hosted a Road Safety Stakeholders seminar at Cresta Lodge Gaborone to introduce and launch our road safety project, “Safer roads to schools – too young to die!

The project aims to;

 

World Health Organization estimates that over 477 people are killed on Botswana’s roads each year, and child pedestrians are amongst the highest-risk groups in Botswana for road traffic injury.

 

Road Safety Grant Programme

EA991 is proud to have the support of the FIA Foundation through its Road Safety Grant Programme. The Programme will reach 3360 students to ensure safety aspects are an integral part during highway planning and designs, build capacity and skills through scholar patrol trainings at schools and increase community involvement.

Three schools located in built up areas with a high risk to child pedestrians were selected for implementation of this project; Itumeleng Primary School, Taung Primary School and Mogoditshane Primary School. Working with Society of Road Safety Ambassadors (SORSA), we will improve safety around these schools and school entrances and advocate for action to catalyse the introduction of safe road infrastructure in all schools in the country.

Speakers at the launch included EA991 director, Tumelo Pabalinga; FIA Foundation Programmes Manager Aggie Krasnolucka-Hickman and EA991 Marketing and PR Officer, Pulane Majova.

 

Road Infrastructure Stakeholders

Amongst the stakeholders that were in attendance was the Director of Traffic, Superintendent Katlholo Mosimanegape of Botswana Police Service. When addressing concerns raised by some attendees, he highlighted that as we take a step towards educating pupils on road safety and put in place supporting infrastructure, it is important that we also sensitize drivers on changing their attitudes on the roads.

Building new roads and modifying existing road infrastructure with a concern for safety will enhance the safety of our communities and reduce risks to children from road traffic crushes, which is our ultimate goal with the Safer roads to schools – too young to die! Initiative. We encourage members of the community to contact EA991 with any suggestions and to participate in this initiative. Together we can make a difference.