EASST’s Kyrgyz partner Road Safety has marked the end of their pilot project aimed at improving the knowledge and behaviour of school children on road safety.
The project was the first of its kind in the Kyrgyz Republic, producing an innovative and interactive road safety curriculum for children in classes 2-5 as well as training parents and teachers to help children be safer on the roads. The curriculum includes the use of a mobile ‘auto-city’ set, produced in partnership with Vokko (a private company), which simulates real-life road situations through a mock road complete with modern traffic lights and road signs. The curriculum has been piloted in 5 schools around Bishkek, reaching 500 children as well as training over 100 parents and teachers.
The project has received high praise as, Natalia Nikitenko, a member of parliament, reported, “Road safety culture should be developed through education. We all need to work together. Turning 5 pilot schools into resource centers is a good idea. I would like to thank the implementers of the project who prepared the mobile auto-cities and for creative approach. We support this project”.
Likewise, Michael Green, Director of the USAID Mission in Kyrgyzstan said, “it is good to hear about support of this project by the MPs. It is nice to see here representatives of different educational structures. I congratulate the team with successful completion of the project”.
Putting learning into practice
To conclude the project, on 17th May Road Safety held a final workshop, presenting the project’s results to key policy makers and parliamentarians, encouraging them to take the project forward and make sure the road safety lessons learned continue to be implemented.
This project was implemented by the Kyrgyz NGO Road Safety with the assistance of the USAID Programme of Support for Effective Governance (GGPAS/USAID).