Vietnamese youth in road safety get internationally recognized

March 30, 2021

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam—March 29, 2021

Vietnamese youth leaders have determined that “enough is enough” as they fight against the very issue that impacts them most. Three youth leaders at AIP Foundation are being internationally recognized for their contributions in road safety.

Star Rating for Schools Master Trainer

Ms. Minh Vo, Monitoring & Evaluation Jr. Coordinator at AIP Foundation, becomes Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) Master Trainer, a Youth Star Program, supported by FedEx and managed by iRAP and YOURS. SR4S is a systematic evidence-based approach developed by iRAP to measure, monitor and communicate the risk on roads around schools. It supports quick interventions that save lives and prevent serious injuries from day one. SR4S allows easy assessment of each road feature that affect pedestrian safety on a journey to school and uses evidence-based research of their impact on safety. A “star rating” can be calculated at spot locations, where 1-star is the least safe and 5-star is the safest.

As a Master Trainer, she is responsible for delivering SR4S training to new members and coalition partners to improve roads safety around school zones. Master Trainers are equipped with knowledge about SR4S methodology, assessment planning, SR4S tools, road attribute coding and post-training support. “Decisions should not be made in isolation. It’s important to engage the youth whenever possible when it affects our livelihood. I’m honored to be a Master Trainer in this program, because I know I’m making a difference and that my voice matters,” Ms. Minh Vo voiced.

Currently, Ms. Minh Vo, along with 3 other Master Trainers from Kenya, Belize, and Colombia, are conducting the first ever SR4S training for members of the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety.

iRAP Accreditation

Ms. Quyen Bui and Ms. My Huynh, Program Assistants at AIP Foundation completed a course organized by iRAP, in cooperation with University of Transport and Communication—iRAP’s lead partner in Vietnam, dedicated to road safety engineers, experts, and professionals working in the field.

“The Star Rating Demonstrator is such a great tool to learn and gives me a greater understanding of what needs to be prioritized when upgrading road infrastructure. This allows me to assess risks better, which ultimately helps me serve my community.” Ms. My Huynh expressed.

The course focuses on capacity-building leaders to take on technical road analysis including:

  • Star Rating Demonstrator – a tool for simulating star ratings for 100m roads.
  • Star Rating for Design – an injury and fatality prevention app that empowers engineer designers to assess the safety or road design and improve its star rating before beginning road construction.
  • Fatal and Serious Injuries Estimation and Safer Road Investment Plan – tools that help estimate road casualties and simulate effective intervention solutions for the route, thereby improving the safety star rating of those roads.

Once completing the course, consultants are part of an exclusive highly trained group that is able to perform iRAP-specific activities at an international standard.

“Having participated in the course and received the iRAP accreditation on Road Attribute Coding, I learned a lot about the technical aspects of road safety assessment and interventions that are suitable to the local context. Moreover, it is not only a form of personal recognition but also a great motivation for me to contribute to road safety program in Vietnam,” Ms. Quyen Bui proudly shared.

All three of AIP Foundation’s road safety youth leaders have been participating in ongoing global workshops, training, and campaigns to better serve underprivileged communities in Vietnam.

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