Safe School Initiative to reduce accidents among children in Malawi – Kandoje

Lilongwe, Deputy Director of Road Traffic and Safety Services, Annie Kandoje, says safe roads very crucial in protecting vulnerable groups from accidents in the country.

She made the remarks on Friday during the launch of a road safety program to protect children as they walk to and from school at Kawale 1 Primary School in Lilongwe.

Kandoje said children are one of the road user vulnerable groups who are at high risk in the road environment due to their nature of judgment when using the road.

Provision of safe road infrastructure and civic education to youngsters is crucial to reduce accidents in the country, said Kandoje.

She further said the initiative had come at the right time as construction of footpaths, zebra crossings, speed humps and road sighs near schools would make roads safer for all.

Ministry of Transport and Public Works, through the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services continues working on a number of programmes to improve the road safety of these school-going children.

These among others include, awareness programmes in all the schools and implementation of national road safety strategy which also touches much on school safety, she explained in an interview with Malawi News Agency.

According to Kandoje, the directorate has also rolled out a curriculum in primary schools to do with road safety, just like it was some time back, in addition to lining up a number of awareness-raising activities on road safety, especially to school-going children.

She added that to achieve significant reduction in traffic accidents, all stakeholders need to be proactive in accident prevention.

The private sector, media, civil society, faith community and individuals need to join hands in this noble cause, she appealed.

However, a standard 5A pupil at Kawale 1 Primary School, Jacqueline Bwanthi, shared her experience during the event as a road accident victim who escaped with one leg cut-off on a car accident when she was coming from school.

I was the only person who survived and many other children died on the same predicament during the accident which happened at Kawale-area 23 road, said Bwanthi.

The FIA Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation, through Road Traffic Safety Services support to save children’s lives in Malawi. The institutions also work hand in hand for the safety of children in the country.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA