21:55 | 14/03/2017 Society
(VEN) - March 14, engaging extracurricular activities reinforced 600 students’ helmet safety knowledge at Ap Dinh Primary School in Hoc Mon District, one of the six schools involved in Abbott’s Helmets for Families program.
|Senior representatives from Abbott, AIP introduce how to wear a helmet correctly|
The program is a partnership among Abbott, AIP Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Training, the National Traffic Safety Committee, and other local government agencies.
Students’ behaviors have shifted during the course of the 2016-2017 program, with the average helmet wearing rates across all four schools in Hoc Mon district reaching 81%, compared to just 31% at baseline.
“It’s so encouraging to see students’ helmet wearing rates increase at such impressive rates,” Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation, said. “This positive shift emphasizes the effectiveness of involving diverse stakeholders - from teachers and parents, to students, to Abbott volunteers, to local government agencies - to create sustainable community change.”
“The schools chosen to participate in this program are some of the most vulnerable in Ho Chi Minh City. Hoc Mon District neighbors the Tan Phu Trung area, which has heavy industrial traffic,” Nguyen Minh, Head of Student Affairs for the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training, said. “We are honored to continue to be strong supporters of AIP Foundation and Abbott with this program so that we can ensure our youngest generation stays safe on our roads".
Senior representatives from Abbott visiting from the pharmaceutical company’s U.S. headquarters volunteered during the extracurricular activities. During the event, students participated in a Ms. and Mr. Helmet Safety competition, which included dance performances, helmet wearing demonstrations, and tests of their road safety knowledge. They also played creative games that taught them about the differences between non-standard and standard helmets, the importance of wearing helmets, and how to wear their helmets correctly.
In the 2016-2017 school year, the program has provided 5,600 high quality helmets to students, teachers, and parents through donations and subsidies. The program serves four schools in Ho Chi Minh City’s Hoc Mon District and two in Hanoi. Since its launch in 2013, Helmets for Families has served beneficiaries at 15 schools in Vietnam, and has provided more than 30,000 quality helmets through donations and subsidized exchanges.