Reflectors ensure learner safety

2015-06-04 06:00
Learners and teachers at Imbasa Primary School, Crossroads, are happy to be part of Safe Schools South Africa project.

Learners and teachers at Imbasa Primary School, Crossroads, are happy to be part of Safe Schools South Africa project.

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Learners at Imbasa Primary School will no longer fall easy prey to speeding motorists driving past the school.

About 1170 learners from the school, based in Crossroads, have received reflective tracksuit tops from pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson, as part of their Safe Schools South Africa project.

The project is aimed at keeping children safe on their way to and from school.

An educational package for the project was developed from scratch by Takalani Sesame, and with coordination by the project team, this has augured well for the effective introduction of safe roads initiative in the country.

Vuyelwa Ndandazela, the school principal said the school was happy for being chosen to be part of the project.

“We are very happy to be part of Safe School Project, which promotes safety. We are very fortunate. We had incidents where our learners were knocked down by Amaphela, whose drivers do not obey the rules of the road.”

Ndandazela also said the school has since put a gate on the other side of the schools, which guaranteed the children’s safety, and to prevent future tragedy.

The project has been piloted in some of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the province.

Learners at the three pilot schools, Sivile Primary School, in Khayelitsha, Imbasa Primary School and A.C.J Phakade Primary School, in Strand, participating are at high risk of road traffic injury.

The research done for the project revealed that a high proportion of the children had suffered a road traffic injury.

Laura Nel, head of communication and public affairs at Johnson and Johnson, said the project was vital to ensure the safety of learners when they walked on the roads, more especially during school hours.

“We are very excited and humbled to be part of the project.

The principal here at the school has always stated her concerns around the safety of the learners,” Nel said.

The pilot project has developed an innovative model combining education for the learners, training for teachers and advocacy action to catalyse the introduction of safe road infrastructure.

The project also aims to engage with all the stakeholders, from the schools, to the engineers at the City of Cape Town and the local community, to be central in the initiative

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