January 11, 2023
MANDALUYONG, the Philippines – January 11-12, 2023
Everyone has the right to go to school to learn and build their future. This is why safe mobility and easy commuting to school are at the heart of everyone’s access to education. Sadly, our children are one of the most vulnerable road users. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults (5-29 years old) globally. In the Philippines, not every student enjoys equal safety on their way to and from school.
As part of the Safety Delivered program, supported by UPS and The UPS Foundation and in cooperation with the Automobile Association Philippines and Department of Education Mandaluyong, AIP Foundation hosted helmet handover ceremonies for students from Highway Hills Integrated School and Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School. The helmet handover ceremonies today marked the biggest event of the Safety Delivered program this year. Approximately 2000 helmets were distributed to students at the two schools. Throughout the day, the students were also trained on how to use and wear their helmets correctly.
Helmets can save lives!
Helmets are a uniquely affordable and effective protection against head injuries on the road. Wearing a quality helmet can reduce the risk of death by 42% and the risk of serious brain injury by 69%. The helmet handover promoted community awareness of the life-saving importance of increasing child helmet use. As the students, representatives from government bodies, and school administrators were attending the ceremony, this event was a good way to raise road safety awareness among the school community.
About Safety Delivered program
Safety Delivered is a program implemented by AIP Foundation to work with primary school students and motorcyclists in high-risk areas in India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam by reducing road crash injuries and fatalities among children and vulnerable road users through inclusive helmet distribution and education, combined with advocacy and awareness initiatives which target youth, community members, civil society, and governments to address high-risk road behaviors.
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