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Road crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for young people aged 5-29 years. In low-and-middle-income countries where road crash rates are three times higher than high-income countries, the danger to our youth is even more prevalent.
In line with UN Targets 3 and 4 to ensure all new roads are built to 3-star or better and more than 75% of travel is on the equivalent of 3-star or better roads for all users by 2030, FIA Region II Clubs have been successfully undertaking school assessments supported by Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) and implementing pilot interventions with the support of FIA and FIA Foundation grants, such as those recently announced by the FIA in 8 countries.
To support these efforts, AIP Foundation and iRAP are partnering to deliver a training programme to Region II clubs exploring the implementation of safety interventions around schools and how assessment programmes can be scaled up to deliver safe speeds and infrastructure around schools. The project will also provide in-country support to select Region II Clubs to adopt structured school safety programmes.
The training was just launched in Bali, as part of the FIA Region II Roundtable, held on the 18-19 September 2023.
Excerpt from FIA media release – Powering Collaboration: Road Safety on top of the agenda at the 2023 FIA Region II Roundtable
Working in Partnership for Progress
Another session of the Roundtable moderated by FIA Road Safety and Global Advocacy Director Stefano Ammirati focused on how to leverage partnerships and multi-stakeholder engagement in road safety initiatives. FIA Foundation Director of Partnerships Rita Cuypers and Raise Partners Co-founder and Partner Mimi Vu shared their experience on managing and developing partnerships and gave concrete examples of successful collaborations. They provided Delegates with insights on how to approach partners and promote engagement in favour of road safety.
The FIA Foundation also informed attendees on the different programmes it is deploying in Asia-Pacific. Programmes Director Aggie Kranolucka presented the three areas in which the Foundation is active in the region: child safety, motorcyclist safety, and adolescents and youth safety. She presented the campaigns such as the “1.8 billion young people for change”, and projects the Foundation is leading in these areas. She also explained that its actions to promote motorcycle safety are articulated around five pillars: motorcycles in safe and sustainable transport policy; helmet standards, testing facilities and enforcement; effective training, anti-lock braking systems; motorcycles in road design.
Delegates also heard about iRAP programmes’ latest developments and its robust evidence-based approach to prevent unnecessary deaths and suffering on the road with iRAP Global Programme Director Greg Smith. A special focus was also made on its Star Rating for School (SR4S) methodology with AIP Foundation Development Manager Alex Ward presenting the projects they are developing with iRAP to build the capacity of Region II Clubs to implement speed management and other school zone safety measures. The programme is open to Region II Clubs and, in its first phase, will consist on training sessions on the online SR4S module.
The Star Rating for School (SR4S) methodology is also the basis of the FIA School Assessment toolkit of the FIA Road Safety Grants Programme funded by the FIA Foundation. At the Roundtable, Nepal Automobiles’ Association Joint Treasurer Kamala Chettri presented the recently completed pioneering campaign called ‘Safe School Zone’ – a first-ever Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) campaign that the Club deployed in Nepal with the support of an FIA Mobility Grant and that allowed to improve safety in several school zones in the country. Learn more here.
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