FedEx gives Ho Chi Minh City students a voice in child pedestrian safety

December 29, 2014

Photovoice student training

On December 26 and 27, approximately 48 students from 12 secondary schools in District 9 of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam attended a two-day training session on pedestrian safety, photography, and presentation skills, as part of the first phase of the ‘PHOTOVOICE’ project. Sponsored by FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company and a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and implemented by AIP Foundation (a.k.a. Safe Kids Vietnam), ‘PHOTOVOICE’ utilizes photos and reflections from students as a way to educate them on pedestrian safety and advocate for better walking environments. This photojournalism project, part of the long-term Safe Kids Walk This Way program, expects to reach 11,893 students at the 12 schools.

Following the training, students will be tasked to capture images of the walking environment around their schools and communities. Later on, they will discuss their observations in classroom sessions with their peers and teachers.

The project will culminate with a photography exhibition where student representatives from each school will present photos and ideas for solutions to a panel of key stakeholders in March 2015. The stakeholders will hear students advocate for the improvement of road conditions, who hope to deepen their commitment to improving pedestrian environments. At the exhibition, the best photo will be selected by the panel and the winning student will receive a prize.

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