International Walk to School Month brings together students and road safety leaders to celebrate road improvements

October 22, 2019

Nearly 900 students and teachers celebrated International Walk to School Month with a pedestrian safety walk and parade at Minh Dao Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City, as part of the Walk This Way program, which aims to teach children safe pedestrian habits and increase their knowledge of road hazards.

International Walk to School Month is an annual celebration which empowers students to walk to school and which encourages healthier lifestyles and physical activity, while also reducing traffic jams and reducing gas emissions.

To celebrate this special ceremony, a rite of commitment was led by Mr. Nguyễn Ngọc Tường, Deputy Director of Standing Committee of the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee; Ms. Bùi Thị Diễm Thu, Deputy Director  of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training;  Mr. Đào Toàn Thắng, Senior Manager, Operations, FedEx Vietnam; Shushanna Mignott, Program Director of Safe Kids Worldwide; Agnieszka Krasnolucka, Programs Manager at FIA Foundation; Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation, and other representatives. 

The event culminated in a walking parade, in which leaders guided the students on a walk around the school to help educate them on safe road user habits. 

The Walk This Way program is supported by FedEx Express and Safe Kids Vietnam, in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Education and Training. In the past year, FedEx, Safe Kids Vietnam, and AIP Foundation have collaborated with the Traffic Safety Department and the Department of Transport to enhance the transport infrastructure and improve road safety in the surrounding areas for four schools. The program will continue to apply the learnings and make the necessary safety enhancements for a further 33 schools.

To learn more about the event, please see the Press Release here. 

Photos from the event.

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