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Local action teaching session on road safety at Rango Primary School.

Every year 1.35 million of people die due to road crashes according to global status report 2018. Road traffic crashes account for the eighth cause of global death and the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years. 93% of these fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, Rwanda included.

VZY Rwanda perceived this as a call to raise awareness on road safety, focusing on the most affected group which is children and young adults. Thereby, through Local Action, a program initiated by Global youth Coalition for road safety, we are conducting teaching sessions on Road safety in different schools around the country in project called Traffic Care Youth Initiative. This Thursday, the teaching sessions took place at Rango Primary school located in Mukura sector, Huye district where more than three hundred primary school students and teachers were educated on the appropriate use of roads as well as post crash care.

These series of trainings were organised to help children in primary and secondary school as vulnerable road users to learn and improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary for safe traffic participation.

Using different illustrations, we reintroduced to the students the traffic environment by showing them the right behaviour to adopt and wrong behaviour to avoid while using the roads. We explained to them the meaning of traffic signs like zebra crossing, traffic lights and pedestrian side walk. We focused much on what to do before crossing a road, we told them to look and listen for traffic and then decide whether it is safe to cross.

It was an interactive session; children and their teachers showed a great interest. They shared their opinions, asked questions and got involved in the illustrations.

During his speech the headmaster of Rango primary school said that it was very important and necessary to conduct road safety teachings in this particular school because there is a new road constructed near the school and children are not yet familiar with it. As proof of that, last week a kid got injured due to road crash. Therefore, the headmaster and the teachers believed that the teachings will lead to the improvement in knowledge and remarkable behaviour change which will decrease road traffic injuries in their students using roads while coming to school or going back home.

We promised to the school to advocate for zebra crossing, humps and sign of low speed of 30km/h near the school gate to ensure safety of children crossing this newly constructed road.

As usual we could not end the session without introducing to the school the global youth statement on road safety. Reading it in front of students and teachers opened their eyes on the importance of road safety and also called everyone for action. To decrease injuries caused by road traffic accidents everyone has to be involved.





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