le International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) today announced that Fondation Prudence, the community investment arm of Prudential Plc, has become a Global Programme Partner in the Classement par étoiles pour les écoles (SR4S) programme. In this collaboration, Prudence Foundation will contribute funding to the SR4S programme to make streets safer for children to travel to and from school.

iRAP is a UK-registered charity which aims to promote road safety improvement and road quality. With a vision for a world free of high-risk roads, iRAP developed the SR4S system and tools as an evidence-based approach for measuring, managing and communicating children’s exposure to risk on a journey to school.

Road crashes are the major cause of death of young people aged 5-24 years old[1]. Around the world, 500 children die on the roads every day[2], many of them on their way to schools. The SR4S programme supports quick interventions that help save lives and prevent serious injuries.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to travel safely to and from school. Road environments that are safe not only save lives and prevent injuries, but they can also encourage more walking which is the healthiest and cleanest form of mobility,” said iRAP Global Programme Director, Greg Smith.

“Thanks to the support of Prudence Foundation and the SR4S donors and Global Programme Partners, the SR4S tools are free for use worldwide and are continuously being improved. We can also support partners using the tools in their road safety projects to maximise their life-saving potential.”

Marc Fancy, Executive Director of Prudence Foundation said, “At Prudence Foundation, we aim to create a better future for our communities by making them safer and more resilient to life’s risks. Our flagship SAFE STEPS Kids Road Safety programme increases awareness around road safety among children, reaching more than 35 million households every day. Through our partnership with iRAP to support the SR4S initiative, we want to motivate practical actions including the construction and modification of roads to ensure a safer journey for children.”

SR4S has been already used to assess the level of safety in a total of 1,028 schools worldwide, 161 of those in Africa and 332 in Asia. For each of the assessed roads, a Star Rating is calculated, where 1-star is the least safe and 5-star is the safest. These road assessments help guide and measure the implementation of appropriate safety enhancements around these schools, such as having crossing facilities and sidewalks to enable children to cross the road safely, as well as safe speeds and traffic calming for drivers to slow down as they approach these crossings.

The SR4S programme was officially launched at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety which took place in Sweden in February 2020.  Prudence Foundation joins 3M as Global Programme Partners that will support the SR4S Programme, along with the Founding Sponsor FedEx and Major Donor FIA Foundation.

À propos de iRAP

iRAP is a registered charity with the vision for a world free of high-risk roads. The charity is active in over 100 countries and works with governments, development banks, mobility clubs, industry, research organisations and road safety NGOs to provide them with the free methodology, tools, training and support to make their roads safer. iRAP’s Star Rating Methodology provides a simple and objective measure of the level of safety which is ‘built-in’ to the road for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. A 1-star road is the least safe and a 5-star road is the safest. iRAP’s Vaccines for Roads is a valuable online resource unlocking the potential of the world’s largest road infrastructure safety database to explore the human and financial impact of road injury, how safe the world’s roads are and provide the Business Case for Safer Roads. iRAP and its partners have influenced the safety of over USD$95 billion dollars of infrastructure investment, Star Rated over 1.4 million kilometres of roads and designs, plus 1,028 schools, Risk Mapped over 1.7 million kilometres, and trained nearly 60,000 people globally. iRAP is the umbrella programme for regional road assessment programmes including EuroRAP, ChinaRAP, AusRAP, usRAP, KiwiRAP, IndiaRAP, BrazilRAP, South Africa RAP, ThaiRAP, TanRAP and MyRAP and is financially supported by the FIA Foundation and Global Road Safety Facility.

For more information please visit: irap.org

About Prudence Foundation

Prudence Foundation is the community investment arm of Prudential plc in Asia and Africa. Its mission is to create a better future for communities by making them safer and more resilient to life’s risks. The Foundation runs regional programmes as well as local programmes in partnership with NGOs, governments and the private sector in order to maximise the impact of its efforts. Prudence Foundation leverages Prudential’s long-term mindset and geographical scale to make communities safer, more secure and more resilient. The Foundation is a Hong Kong registered charitable entity.

For more information please visit:  www.prudencefoundation.com

À propos du classement par étoiles pour les écoles

Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) has, thus far, assessed 1,028 schools across 63 countries and was awarded a Prince Michael International Safety Award in 2018. There are more than 150 locations where improvements have already been made and post-improvement assessments completed, increasing the average rating at locations from 2.7 stars to 4.4 stars (with 5 stars being the safest rating). Interventions include traffic calming measures, improved delineation and sidewalks and crossing facilities.

SR4S is a technical tool, and its application will be delivered through the Lead Partner network, world-leading NGO’s involved in school road safety that have been involved in SR4S’s development. These expert NGOs will support those organisations seeking to become delivery partners by undertaking the Star Rating of roads around a school and integrating the approach into their engagement with a school community.

AIP Foundation, Child Health Initiative, Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST), Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA), Gonzalo Rodriguez Foundation, Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), International Road Federation (IRF), Safe Kids Worldwide, Youth for Road Safety (YOURS) and the World Resources Institute (WRI)

Les gouvernements, les ONG de sécurité routière, les entreprises et les organisations locales axées sur la sécurité des enfants et les infrastructures routières scolaires peuvent s'impliquer en visitant starratingforschools.org. Les moyens de faire une différence positive comprennent:

  • travailler avec votre département local de l'éducation et l'administration routière pour évaluer et améliorer le classement par étoiles des écoles dans lesquelles vous vivez ou travaillez
  • utiliser l'approche SR4S pour montrer l'itinéraire le plus sûr vers l'école
  • plaidoyer pour des trajets 3 étoiles ou plus à l'école pour tous les enfants à l'appui des objectifs mondiaux de performance en matière de sécurité routière convenus par les États membres de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé
  • parrainage d'un partenaire principal pour développer un programme ciblé d'engagement, d'ingénierie et d'éducation pour les écoles à haut risque
  • utiliser l'outil SR4S pour évaluer avant et après les améliorations des infrastructures routières pour quantifier le gain de sécurité lié à l'investissement et pour célébrer et couper le ruban des succès (par exemple, nouveaux passages 5 étoiles).
  • devenir un partenaire d'exécution du programme SR4S
  • devenir un donateur SR4S pour soutenir l'action mondiale et
  • following the SR4S success stories by signing up to the newsletter

Les partenaires du programme mondial assureront la pérennité du programme SR4S, permettant aux partenaires du monde entier de bénéficier de l'outil exempt de frais. Grâce à cette généreuse contribution, la coordination mondiale du programme SR4S sera en mesure d'offrir des activités de soutien gratuites telles que des conseils sur le programme, une formation, une assurance qualité, un service d'assistance logiciel et des améliorations et une maintenance continues des logiciels.

[1] World Health Organization (WHO)

[2] United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)