APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
The Alicea Foundation will introduce road safety education into 10-20 schools identified by the Ministry of Education that will train teachers and students about road safety. The program will utilize qualified road safety partrollers who will use recognized road safety programs such as the 'AAA School Safety Patrol.' The commitment will involve both the school and the community in its education programs in addition to student peer trainings to maximize effectiveness.
The commitment will have 3 main components:
- Road Safety Training at all levels of the school & community Selected teachers and PTA members will be trained to conduct road safety activities using a recognized international road safety program such as AAA School Safety Patrol.
- Selected school students will be trained to become peer educators for other students.
- Community education through road safety awareness sessions. Crossing Guards will be trained by the Alicea Foundation will be introduced to every school.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
Pending completion of external training of an Alicea Foundation crossing guard, implementation will coincide with the Decade of Action, launching on May 11th, 2011. The Alicea Foundation plans to have at least ten schools fully operational within six months of the project's launch. A minimum of at least 40 teachers, 20 PTA members, and 20 students will be trained in road safety patrolling techniques and provided with essential road safety patrol equipment.
During a recent school community survey, the Alicea Foundation discovered that only two out of twenty schools in a 15 mile radius around the capital city of Georgetown, Guyana have active road safety patrols. Over the past ten years approximately 180 people were killed in road traffic accidents, 24 of whom were children and 65 of which pedestrians. Road accidents average to around 155 people per year.
It is clear that proper road safety education training is required. The Alicea Foundation believes that every primary school should have one Patrol Officer in residence, with members of the Alicea Foundation to oversee, supervise, and initiate the proposed road safety projects. Inadequate data make it difficult to give an accurate assessment of the improvements made in the few schools actively involved in daily road safety patrols. However, in 2008 the Guyana National Road Safety Council along with the Guyana Police Force delivered road safety vests, paddles, and other items to twenty schools; but due to a lack of road safety funding the program failed to follow through with road safety education and create a safe environment. The result of an inconsistent monitoring was that school children had fewer safe places to cross and their lives were at greater risk.
*Please note that the population of Guyana is approximately 730,000. Summary source of road fatalities was obtained from the Guyana Police Traffic Department(August 2010).