“Back to school” resumes virtually with teachers in the Philippines safeguarding students’ lives

June 25, 2021

MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines – June 25, 2021

Day to day, school teachers have many tasks to juggle: teaching, marking, and lesson planning. However, ask any teacher and they will tell you that their most important responsibility is to protect their students from danger. In the Philippines, teachers were at the forefront of safeguarding their students’ lives through life-saving road safety training as part of the Safety Delivered Program, supported by The UPS Foundation.

Dedicated teachers from Dona Basilisa Yangco Elementary School and Filemon P. Javier Elementary School were welcomed back as students via a Zoom classroom to learn practical skills on helmet and road safety. AIP Foundation also warmly welcomed the participation of Ms. Jenina Borrega Bublin, a representative from the Department of Education Mandaluyong City, and Ms. Cynthia Reyes, Advocacy Manager for the Automobile Association Philippines.

Teachers became the students as they gained knowledge on the global road crash crises and their roles and responsibilities in preventing their students from being unsafe on the streets. Inspired by the training, the teachers will promote road safety to their students by imparting the life-saving skills they learned. Just like teachers write tests for students to check their understanding, AIP Foundation developing a safety curriculum for teachers using the innovative Kahoot application, an interactive online quiz platform. Friendly competition flourished between the teachers as they hurried to provide the correct answers quickly to be ranked the best. The quizzes were the highlight of the training as teachers were motivated to engage in an interactive learning environment on road safety. Teachers are now better equipped to safeguard every student from the dangers of the road.

Safety Delivered is a program implemented by AIP Foundation to work with young, inexperienced motorcycle riders in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines, and India, by educating and eliminating distracted riding behavior, as well as increasing helmet use among children.

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