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Empowering youth in Thailand: first Road Safety Centre opens for immersive learning for secondary students

14.07.22

Safe mobility and easy commuting to school are at the heart of access to education. The Chevron Street Wide Programme, supported by Chevron Thailand and the AIP Foundation, engage youth to be a part of the solution to empower safer road users.

To achieve the target Sustainable Development Goal 3.6 to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents, Chevron Street Wise programme will celebrate the launch of the first Road Safety Learning Centre for secondary students in Thailand, at the Woranari Chaloem secondary school.

The Chevron Street Wise programme is aligned with the Global Plan as part of the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021 – 2030 and Thailand’s National Road Safety plan. At the core of this programme, all activities engage our youth to be a part of the solution to empower safer road users, because safe mobility and easy commuting to school are at the heart of access to education. 

The Woranari Chaloem school, a new project school of the programme, is located in a city with dense traffic. In their journey to school, 20% of students use motorcycles, 30% walk, and 50% use public transport. The programme aims at protecting all vulnerable road users through engagement and education.

Mrs. Pornsuree Konanta, Corporate Affairs Manager at Chevron, said “Youth empowerment and engagement should always be at the heart of initiatives to improve global road safety. Young people are effective advocates for road safety among their peers when they have access to engaging and interactive programs and resources. Thus, giving them interactive tools to learn independently and speak up about road safety is of utmost importance."

The Road Safety Learning Centres are designed as an interactive road safety teaching area, to raise road safety awareness among the secondary students at the school. Students will be able to explore hands-on different road safety topics such as ‘how to be safe on the road’ at the newly installed Chevron Street Wise Road Safety Learning Centre.

This first Road Safety Learning Centre at Woranari Chaloem secondary school will be managed by the students themselves, under the responsibility of the Student Council. The students will use the Road Safety Learning Centre as a common area, where they can enjoy participative activities, experiment with road simulations, and test their road safety knowledge together.

Miss Fah*, Grade 11 student and Student Council President, shared “The established Road Safety Learning Centre is very interesting and helpful. Because it is realistic with various lights, bright colors, attractive, and suitable for setting up in school. This year we have a Student Council of 30 members, who are sharing the responsibility of overseeing the Centre. We will also rotate to educate children and students who are interested in road safety information.”

 

*Pseudonym has been used in accordance with AIP Foundation’s Child Protection Policy & Code of Conduct and upholding article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child