14:23 | 07/04/2016 Society
(VEN) - On April 6 and April 8, Abbott volunteers were in attendance along with approximately 2,000 students and teachers each at Dong Quang school in Hanoi and at Truong Dinh school in Hochiminh City in extracurricular events focused on road safety.
The events which are among extracurricular activities in 11 primary schools nationwide throughout the month of March and April are organized by AIP Foundation, in collaboration with Abbott Laboratories, National Traffic Safety Committee, and Ministry of Education and Training.
These activities are part of the education component of the Abbott-funded Helmets for Families program, which has been working to increase road-safety literacy and safe behaviors among Vietnamese families for the past three years. In collaboration with the provincial Traffic Safety Committees and the Department of Education and Trainings, two schools in Hanoi, four in Ho Chi Minh City, and five in Tra Vinh have been targeted to be beneficiaries of comprehensive teacher and parent safety trainings and helmet donations.
“I am pleased to see more of my students wearing high-quality helmets to school every day”, said Mrs. Tran Thi Hong An, principal of Truong Dinh school. “Such events foster environments where the youngest members of our community can learn invaluable life skills in road safety and proper helmet use”.
Helmets for Families aim to encourage behavior change among families with an increased focus on parent involvement in safe practices. During the three-year program, over 10,000 parents participated in the helmet-exchange program, which provided them with subsidized, high-quality helmets in exchange for the sub-standard ones they were using. Among the results from the Helmets for Families program, the average helmet-wearing rate increased from 6.8% to 66.3% at the project schools in Hanoi, from 27% to 82% at those in Ho Chi Minh City, and from 30.4% to 80% at those in Tra Vinh.