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Gerayo Amahoro: Road Safety Education Now Target Thousands Of Schools

The national road safety campaign dubbed ‘Gerayo Amahoro’ was launched in schools on Tuesday as Rwanda National Police (RNP) and partners shift focus to educating students on safe road usage.

The two-month campaign to be conducted by RNP and the association of owners of driving schools in Rwanda (ANAPAER), targets 2, 379 primary and 1, 647 secondary schools across the country.

 

Commissioner of Police (CP) Rafiki Mujiji, the Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety department said Police officers across the country will engage students on basic traffic rules and rights of road users.

He explained that the aim is to inculcate good road use behavior amongst young people so as to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) 2018 report indicates that road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children aged 5-14. Children also account for 21 percent of all road accidents-related deaths worldwide.

Road traffic accidents are also the major cause of mortality among people aged 15–29 years in Africa, according to the report.

“One of the big groups of road users is children and young people in primary and secondary schools, and our target is to teach this group on traffic rules and regulations in the next two months,” CP Mujiji said.

He added: “We want students to understand and learn how safe to use the road. This is a segment of road users that interacts with the road every day either as passengers in vehicles, on motorcycles and bicycles or as pedestrians, and that itself makes them vulnerable to accidents. We want them to be safe as pedestrians, understand their duty in preventing accidents as passengers, and grow up to be responsible road users as drivers.”

“When children start learning about the road system from a very early age, this can lead to safer behaviors in later life,” he observed.

CP Mujiji also explained that young people can add a voice in road safety campaign by extending messages to their colleagues and parents.

“When children are injured, parents often quit or face challenges balancing the job and attending to their sick children; family incomes are also spent on medical bills and that also hinders family development. This campaign is, therefore, meant to ensure safer roads for sustainable development.”

“These efforts reinforce mass media campaigns to influence behavioral change and reverse the rate of fatalities on roads,” said CP Mujiji.

The year-long Gerayo Amahoro (arrive safely) campaign is meant to develop and implement sustainable road safety strategies and programmes, increase road safety awareness towards mindset change to prevent road carnage.

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