How exactly can we make school children safer on the road? This is the question that city planners grapple with daily as they approve city infrastructure plans. Meanwhile, when these plans get through without safer and inclusive designs, children end up becoming one of the biggest victims of fatalities in cities.
In Uganda, at least 400 children, mostly pedestrians, die in road accidents every year.
A study in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb, found that interventions are necessary to reduce the unacceptably high school children fatalities.
Interventions to alleviate this situation include safer routes, teaching skills of road crossing to children as well as better regulation and road safety education.
Most children in public schools in Uganda rarely get such training – other than the casual mentions when teachers are in class.
ICMIIST, implementing creative methodological innovations for inclusive & sustainable transport planning, a research project supported by the British Academy and implemented by Stockholm Environmental Institute in Nairobi and Kampala, is using creative methods to engage the school on road safety. The team is engaging a pupils between 5 years and 10 years.
The team plans to put a temporary 3D zebra crossing at the intervention site that most of these pupils use everyday to school.
Here is the picture story capturing our engagement with the children at Bat Valley and Buganda road primary schools. The pupils that the team engaged will become champions of road safety in their school. Photos credit: Kampala i-CMiiST team.