Local engineers in Costa Rica received training from 3M to conduct SR4S assessments
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Equipping Local Authorities: In April 2024, 3M, iRAP, and local stakeholders joined forces to train local engineers in Costa Rica and 100 police officers in Guatemala on iRAP and Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) methodologies. SR4S is a critical tool that helps measure, manage, and communicate the risks children face while traveling to and from school. After identifying these risks, SR4S informs strategic investments in infrastructure upgrades, ultimately saving lives and preventing serious injuries.

By equipping local authorities with the knowledge needed to conduct the school infrastructure assessments with SR4S, 3M and iRAP are working together to create safer journeys for children across Latin America and beyond.

SR4S training for police in Guatemala
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3M’s Global Commitment to School Safety: These training activities in Latin America reflect 3M’s broader mission to bring families home safely.

The company’s School Zone Safety Project, launched in 2022, aims to raise global awareness of the dangers children encounter on their commutes to and from school. From 2022 to 2024, 3M is amplifying its commitment to safer roads through school zone transformations. This project targets 100 schools around the world, implementing science-driven road improvements to protect children.

Supporting SR4S for Global Impact: Since 2020, 3M has been a proud Global Programme Partner of SR4S. Through this partnership, 3M provides financial support to maintain the SR4S tool and make it freely available to partners worldwide who share the goal of improving school safety.

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