Three Primary Schools have been assessed and road safety measures have been implemented over the past 18 months, ensuring that our children are safer on their way to School.
This Road Safety project was implemented by Emergency Assist 991 to reduce risks of children falling victim because of tragic road accidents, specifically around and close to schools. The project, which included Emergency Assist 991, FIA and SORSA Botswana, partnered with iRAP to ensure Safer Roads to Schools for our children, was launched in June 2019.
The "Too Young to Die" road safety initiative was financed by Emergency Assist 991 and the FIA Foundation in collaboration with the Society Of Road Safety Ambassadors (SORSA) as the technical partners.
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.
Phase 1 saw the team members being trained on the iRAP star rating for school survey and assessment for the Safer Roads to Schools programme.
In the second phase the three schools were rated according to the SR4S - iRAP Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) methodology that allowed the assessment of the level of safety around the schools and helped identify where safe road infrastructure was required.
The 3rd Phase saw the implementation of the infrastructure development required to make the roads safer for children to use.
Covid-19 did see a delay in implementation of some of the projects, however work was concluded in October 2020 by the various teams.
With the completion of the three phases of project, Emergency Assist 991 Managing Director - Simon Modiseamang handed over the “Too Young To Die “ road safety project to Itumeleng, Taung and Mogoditshane Primary Schools on the 30th October 2020.
In attendance, and sharing great appreciation for the project was Minister of Nationality, Immigration & Gender Affairs, Honourable Anna Maria Mokgethi, Director of Department of Road Safety Mr Modukanele, Mr Mokakangwe from MVA Fund and other Officials.
Certificate's of Participation were also awarded to Itumeleng, Taung and Mogoditshane Primary Schools.
We are hoping that this project inspires further action and that eventually every child in Gaborone and in our entire country is provided with a safe school journey” Simon Modiseamang - MD Emergency Assist 991
Emergency Assist 991 would like to thank the FIA Foundation, the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme, iRap, Star Rating for Schools Organisation, Gaborone City Council (GCC), Society Of Road Safety Ambassadors (SORSA) and other organisations for ensuring that this project was successfully implemented and has set a platform for expanding the Safe Roads to School Project.
Children represent the future and hope of our nation. That is why it is bad news that we are continuing to lose them in road crashes.
231 lives of children were claimed by road crashes in the past 5 years while 787 and 2576 children had serious and minor injuries respectively - we need to live up to and implement the "Too Young to Die" - Safer Roads to School - so that these types of stats are reduced drastically!
Our children face grave risks just walking to and from school every day!
Our Vision is of a Botswana where all children travel safely to and from school!
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