WINDHOEK, 16 JUN – Learners at the People’s Primary School (PPS) received scholar patrol lessons from the Integrated Schools Road Safety Programme here on Thursday.
The training was aimed reducing deaths and injuries due to accidents around schools.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Road Safety Forum (PSRSF), Horst Heimstadt revealed that countrywide, over 100 boys and girls under the age of 15 years die annually from being run over by cars while walking to or from school.
“It is the child’s right to travel to school without fear of being injured or killed and thus, there is a need to educate and enforce interventions that address road safety issues for children,” Heimstadt emphasised.
He pleaded with the community to make safe school zones a priority by lowering their speed to 30 kilometres per hour when driving near schools.
“It is observed that drivers are far less likely to engage in unsafe behaviour at schools where a drop-off and pick up policy is enforced compared to schools where the policy is not enforced,” he said.
The Integrated School Road Safety Programme aims to have all permissible primary schools in North-West Windhoek taking part by December this year.
Thus far, more than 17 000 learners at 16 primary schools in Windhoek and two in Mariental were taught basic road safety lessons and 10 schools have opted to participate in the Scholar Patrol Programme.
The programme is initiated by different partner organisations, including PSRSF, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, City of Windhoek, Namibian Police Traffic and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.