Safe Schools Project Launched
The granddaughter of Nelson Mandela and global road safety campaigner, Zoleka Mandela led the launch of the first Safe Schools project in South Africa, an initiative for the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The project has been initiated by the Road Safety Fund and has been made possible through global support for project work which is part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The project is primarily funded with a donation from Decade of Action global corporate supporter Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company. The envisaged Safe School project aims to reduce child pedestrian injuries and deaths in South Africa by introducing the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) star rating of schools concept to guide both interim small infrastructure improvements and encourage long term sustainable investment in safety by government. Infrastructure assessment and improvement will be combined with high quality road safety education, designed by Takalani Sesame Workshop, Childsafe and community and policy engagement. Due to the large concentration of children frequently exposed to vehicles and the inherent risks that children encounter on the roads around the school, this initiative will focus on assessing safety in school zones, conducting interventions, evaluating the results and sharing what is learnt with the rest of the world. Childsafe has selected four schools that can be used as an example for other schools, governments and organizations working to improve safety by demonstrating the impact of a systematic, effort to improve safety for children on the roads around the schools.