In Zambia about 1500 children are Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) every year. Child Road safety education is about preparing them to become safer road users.
Lessons Learned from Child Development Research
- Training children to recognize and interpret visual and auditory road clues is critical. Children struck by vehicles often claim that they “looked” before crossing the road, but did not “see” the oncoming vehicle that hit them. As these skills develop, children become more aware of relevant cues and evaluate traffic situations more efficiently.
Younger children are not yet aware of the concept of danger and must learn to realize the dangers inherent in the road environment.
A clear improvement in the recognition of how to cope with the dangers of crossing the street occurs around the age of seven and eight. Children younger than this should be accompanied by an adult when crossing the street.
Practical experience is necessary to enable pedestrian skills to develop. A time lag may exist between experience and skills development.We are working with schools throughout Zambia, enabling children to travel actively and safely to and from school.
We have expert schools road safety officers working intensively in schools across Zambia.
In just one year of working we typically achieve to train over 20,000 children on road safety. We give children the skills and confidence to travel under their own steam – and their teachers the confidence to let them.
To find out how we can train children in your area or if you are an organisation, local authority or government body who would like to work with us, please contact our information service on 260 953 736461 or email our Education team on firstname.lastname@example.org