August 26, 2019
Following the success of AIP Foundation’s Safety Delivered program, The UPS Foundation has continued to support Phase II of the program, which began implementation in April 2019 and will run through December 2020. Four additional primary schools in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, have been selected for implementation. Two of the new program schools, Chbar Ompov 2 and Khean Klang, are set for program implementation in 2019, and Hang Ngay Srah Chak and Chey Chum Nas primary schools are set for program implementation in 2020. Across the four schools, a total of 1,707 helmets will be distributed, including 1,570 helmets donated to students, and 137 helmets for teachers.
Safety Delivered aims to reduce road crash injuries and fatalities among vulnerable motorcyclists and passengers, and young, novice drivers through three mutually reinforcing components, including university-based campaigns, public awareness campaigns, and helmet distribution and education. At the new and existing primary schools, the helmet distribution and education (HDE) component of Safety Delivered will involve the distribution of helmets to primary school students and teachers, and the implementation of educational activities to build their capacities on road safety issues.
Two of the project schools with the highest rates of students relying on motorcycles as a means of transport include Chey Chum Nas Primary School and Hang Ngay Srah Chak Primary School. Of the 795 students at Chey Chum Nas Primary School, 569 students or over 70 percent are transported to school by motorcycle. At Hang Ngay Srah Chak Primary School, which is comprised of 436 students, 338 or over 75 percent are transported to school via motorcycle. With the high percentages of students who arrive to school by motorcycle, increasing the number of students wearing helmets will be a vital component to promoting the safety of children on the roads. In addition to students, the program will also target the helmet wearing rates of teachers and community members.