The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, and the Ministry of Transport of Malaysia, hosted the Global Meeting in Kuala Lumpur in April 2017. The event was attended by more than 200 road safety NGOs and stakeholders from over 70 countries including EASST partners from Belarus, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia.
EASST hosted a session on Child Centred Road Safety Education and introduced the EASST Education Pack as an open-use resource available to all Global Alliance Members.
The Education Pack has been developed in co-operation with our EASST Partners as well as highly experienced UK road safety experts including the UK Government’s Think! Campaign. It has been tailored to reflect the risks, challenges, and conditions in low and middle-income countries. The Pack provides the resources needed to teach children and young people basic road safety principles in an age-appropriate way by using simple, fun, educational activities.
There was considerable interest in the Pack from Global Alliance Members and EASST hopes that a number of them will use the Pack for their education projects. In response to demand at the event, EASST are now developing an African version of the Pack.
In addition to showcasing our Education Pack, Tatiana Mihailova from the Automobile Club of Moldova participated in a panel discussion on post-crash response and highlighted the ACM’s ground-breaking work on disability and mobility. Lika Merabishvili from the Partnership for Road Safety in Georgia provided a case study on their incredible work reducing deaths through the introduction of seat belt legislation. In addition, EASST’s work on fleet safety and our online Fleet Management course were highlighted as an example of best practice in the Vehicle Safety session.
The Global Meeting incorporated elections to the Global Alliance Board and EASST were delighted to see Gela Kvashilava, the Chairman of EASSTs Georgian partner, Partnership for Road Safety elected to the Board of Directors for the next four years.
At the end of the event, EASST and our partners joined the other delegates and endorsed the Global Alliance’s Malaysia Declaration renewing our commitment to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020 and urging governments to promote, adopt and implement road safety policies to protect the most vulnerable road users.