October 30, 2019
AIP Foundation CEO, Mirjam Sidik, presented on “Youth Mobility and Participation: Empowering Young Motorcycle Drivers in Cambodia and Vietnam,” during the Asia Pacific Road Safety Seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, organized by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), on October 29-30.
Ms. Sidik shared examples of AIP Foundation’s work through the Safety Delivered program, which works with young, inexperienced motorcycle drivers. Through the program, a sustainable network of university students across 14 universities in Phnom Penh, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, were trained to become Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS), that focused on peer-to-peer engagement and education related to distracted driving. 396 total youth ambassadors used social media to reach their peers and communities, educated 40,633 students, and conducted 96 peer-to-peer education campaigns.
Ms. Sidik was joined by representatives from ADB, FIA Foundation, TBC, and IFRC for the workshop, who also shared their experiences from various perspectives, aiming to interrogate the current state-of-play for youth mobility in the Asia Pacific. Other key themes from the workshop included merits and rationale for engaging youth, mapping the future landscape for global mobility, and what investments will be required to ensure the sustainable inclusion of youth in future road safety programs.