Cambodian university students push for road safety improvements with government officials

November 24, 2020

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – November 24, 2020

Over 20 people from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the National Social Security Fund, and various universities have joined together to outline improvements to road safety in Cambodia.

During the event in November, those same students and officials were asked to reflect on the effectiveness of their training on campus. In addition, the group discussed improving methodology, techniques, and topics of interest for young people that would enable trainers to be more engaging and expand the outreach on university campuses.

Earlier in the year, AIP Foundation hosted a road safety training workshop to encourage and support university students in developing a work plan for their universities that would improve road safety awareness. As part of the training, students also created an action plan to reduce the vulnerability of youth on the road – a demographic with the highest rates of injuries and fatalities resulting from road crashes.

Mr. Pagna Kim, Country Director of AIP Foundation in Cambodia, stated, “We know that youths are the most impacted by unsafe driving and lack of road safety awareness. We also know that peer-to-peer discussion is an important method to increase awareness and promote safer driving. This is why reaching out to students, and empowering them with the knowledge that can be provided across many universities, is an important part of creating a safer road environment across Cambodia.”

In 2018, 45% of all road fatalities in Cambodia were road users between the ages of 15 – 29. As part of the Safety Delivered program, supported by The UPS Foundation, AIP Foundation will focus on ensuring young people are aware of the risks on the road and helping them become the road safety leaders of tomorrow.

To view photos from the workshop, please click here.

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