16:04 | 04/10/2019 Society
With the support of the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), AIP Foundation and Johnson & Johnson organized three kick-off ceremonies during the month of September and October to celebrate the expansion of the Helmets for Kids program into 16 new program schools across Thai Nguyen, Yen Bai, and Gia Lai provinces in Vietnam.
All program schools are located on provincial or national highways, such as 1B and QL37, which are exposed to heavy traffic volume, and have student populations which lack standard helmets and often have lower helmet-wearing rates. Combined with the 4 ongoing program schools in Thai Nguyen, Helmets for Kids will distribute 5,900 helmets across a total of 20 program schools. Over 2,700 students, teachers, and guests across all twenty program schools joined to kick off the Helmets for Kids program.
Mr. Nguyen Trong Thai, Chief Secretariat of the National Traffic Safety Committee the National Traffic Safety Committee, expressed, “It is critical to consider the external environment surrounding these schools. As the schools are located in high need areas, there is a real opportunity for students to benefit greatly from road safety education and training. We are pleased to support the Helmets for Kids program and reach more at-risk students.”
This year, ceremonies are featured with student performances and knowledge competition apart from the helmet handover facilitated by AIP Foundation and the provincial Traffic Safety Committee. All students from project schools received standard helmets, and demonstrated correct helmet use through stage activities. Following the stage skits, students participated in various extracurricular activities, including interactive road safety trivia games. At the Gia Lai ceremony, students participated in a drawing contest and demonstrated how to convey road safety messages through creative approaches.
Mr. Nguyen Quang Trung, Director of External Relations and Community Program Coordinator of Johnson & Johnson Vietnam Co. Ltd, stated, “Following the helmet donations and school trainings during the Helmets for Kids program in 2018-2019, helmet wearing rates of students across program schools increased from 46% pre- to 95.3% post-intervention. This year, in the 16 new schools that have been selected, we have found pre-implementation helmet use rates at 29%, even lower than our program schools in 2018. We aim to increase the helmet wearing rate substantially in our new schools as we have in past interventions.”
“Last year, the Helmets for Kids program saw 37 crash cases reported from program schools between January to May 2019, involving no reported head injuries. Compared to prior years, crash case numbers decreased thanks to our multidimensional approach to road safety awareness,” said Hoang Thi Na Huong, Deputy CEO of AIP Foundation.