Infrastructure and Education at South African Schools

All around the world, Alliance members are joining with other NGOs, local and national governments, corporations and other organizations to run Slow Down days and other activities in support of the #SlowDown theme for the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW).

Over the next two weeks, we will be profiling some of the wide range of projects that Alliance members are running. You can see read more about UNGRSW and see photos from members HERE.

South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD)’s UN Global Road Safety Week program combines education activities, infrastructure implementation and advocacy. They have focussed their activity around several primary schools in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

Over the weekend, SADD were working around the primary schools: painting pedestrian crossings and other road signs, putting up road signs stating “School ahead: 40 km/h” and “Children ahead” on two roads leading to the school and hanging #SlowDown banners on the fences for passing traffic to see.

They have also met recently with the city engineers and the municipality about the need for a speed bump. In the schools themselves, they have been running road safety education programs and the children have been making posters.

Monday was event day at Forest Hill Primary School, Pietermaritzburg. The media and representatives from Msunduzi Municipality Youth Safety Department were invited and the pupils demonstrated their road safety activities by showcasing their posters and doing a presentation for the visiting officials and media. In addition staff and councillors signed the #SlowDown pledge board and children’s faces were painted with “Love30”.

A reflective jacket and STOP sign were given to the principal. This was a symbolic gesture – SADD are campaigning for the municipality to provide a “lollipop” person (crossing guard) for the school.

Similar events are occurring at other schools throughout the week. 

To see more about SADD, click HERE. Click on the photos below to see larger images.