In line with Gerayo Amahoro, a year-long national road safety campaign, Rwanda National Police (RNP) in partnership with the union of driving schools in Rwanda (ANPAER) and National Children Council (NCC), on Friday, extended road safety education to students and teachers in different primary and secondary schools across the country.
The campaign was conducted in over 30 schools across the country.
Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, the RNP spokesperson told students of Lycée Notre Dame de Cîteaux (LNDC) in Kigali that learning about road safety at an early age introduces good road use behavior among young people and leads to safer behaviors later in life.
“Your lives matter, you are the future leaders of Rwanda, we have to prevent you from being victims of accidents and that means knowing how to use the road safely without causing or being a victim of an accident,” CP Kabera told the students.
Dr Uwera Kanyamanza Claudine, Executive Secretary of NCC, addressing students of Notre Dame de Citeaux secondary school about road safety.
He reminded them to be careful whenever on the road, either as pedestrians or as passengers and avoid any reckless decisions that would lead into accident and likely loss of lives.
“Safety should be your priority in everything you do, roads are used by many people, so when crossing or using the road remember that there is a car, motorcycle or bicycle using the same road, which can hit you.”
Dr. Claudine Uwera Kanyamanza, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Children (NCC) said that children and young people in primary and secondary schools constitute the biggest group of road users everyday and must understand and learn how to use the road safely.
“Always walk on the left side of the road facing incoming traffic. Before crossing the road, look left, right and left again. Hear out for approaching traffic, then cross fast but don’t run. In a vehicle, seat in the back seat and wear the safety belt,” Kanyamanza told the students.
Commissioner for TRS, CP Mujiji Rafiki, sensitizing secondary students on road safety.
Students speak out
Marie Gladys Isaro Sekamondo, a Senior Six student at LNDC said that road safety education plays an important role in shaping the attitudes and behaviors of children and young people in ensuring they become responsible drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
David Niyonkuru a Senior Five student at Groupe Scolaire Uwinkomo in Tare Sector, Nyamagabe District thanked RNP for introducing road safety awareness in schools.
He said: “We are happy that RNP is teaching us. We will no longer make same mistakes we used to do like walking on the right side of the road because from now on we have to reduce accident risks by walking facing the incoming traffic.”
“This has increased our understanding in road safety, our actions that can cause accidents and vigilance while crossing the road,” Niyonkuru said.
Nancy Ishimwe, a Primary Six student at Kigali Parents School said that Road safety campaigns are an important tool to reach out to many people.
“The campaign helps to educate and influence people to adopt safer behavior as a matter of habit or, in general, to increase awareness of hindrances to road safety,” Ishimwe said.
Geoffrey Mahoro, another Primary Six student at Kigali Parents School said that the importance of road safety campaign is to reduce the risk of road trauma, injury and death to children and young people and to lay the foundations for safe road use throughout life.
The World Health Organization 2018 report indicates that road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children aged 5-14. Children also account for 21 percent of all road accidents-related deaths worldwide.
Source: Rwanda National Police.
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