How i-CMiiST Kampala team is helping school children stay safe on the road

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.

implementing Creative Methodological Innovations for Inclusive & Sustainable Transport Planning (i-CMiiST), 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.


An illustration created by the i-CMiiST Kampala team to demonstrate how dangerous it is for them to play in the road while walking to or from school. The message here is that never at any time should they play or fight when using the road.


For another demonstration, the team drew a road, put walkways, zebra crossing points and facilitated the school children to identify safer crossing points, walking places for pedestrians and helped them act out the actual crossing to show their peers how it is done. The toys represent cars that use the main road.
Toys capture the attention of youngsters. The team used them to create an illustration of a road, show them vehicular traffic and where they can find safer places to walk and cross.


The pupils are guided to draw art that speaks to road safety and lets them remember key features that they find on the road. The pupils love to sketch, paint, and shade but it is an avenue that i-CMiiST creative experts are using to engage them


The pupils are happy to showcase their work. On the left on the board is a sketch one of the pupils said was a child not paying attention while walking on the road. As a result, he was knocked down. Message: Always pay attention whenever you are walking on the road.


This way: the creative expert use illustrations to help the pupils appreciate the road set up outside. Here a creative expert asks pupils to shade a zebra crossing on the sketch. A zebra crossing is a safe place for pupils to cross at.

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