School entrance of Gerehu Primary School was rated 1-star due to high speed limit and operating speed, lack of speed management measures and signages and markings (Image credit: PNG Road Traffic Authority’s Road Safety Unit)

The collaboration between UNICEF Papua New Guinea and iRAP’s Star Rating for Schools programme to train the PNG Road Traffic Authority’s Road Safety Unit on the Star Ratings for School methodology marks a significant step towards enhancing road safety around schools in the country.

As part of the training, PNG Road Traffic Authority’s Road Safety Unit took the SR4S Online Course to equip themselves with the knowledge on how to assess the safety of roads around schools using the SR4S tool, considering factors such as pedestrian infrastructure, traffic flow and speed. Following the training, the Road Safety Unit conducted the SR4S assessments at 21 locations surrounding 12 schools. These assessments involved assessing the level of risk at critical locations for students traveling to and from school and identifying potential hazards. Based on the findings of the assessments, speed management measures and other infrastructure improvement measures have been proposed to address identified safety concerns.

The collaboration between UNICEF, iRAP, and the PNG Road Traffic Authority demonstrates a proactive approach to addressing road safety concerns, particularly around schools where children are vulnerable road users. By leveraging the SR4S methodology and tool, stakeholders can evaluate the safety of roads leading to schools to prioritize interventions and investments towards creating safer environments for students traveling to and from school in Papua New Guinea.

Information sourced from the 2023 FIA Foundation Annual Review