Between July-October 2016, EASST partner, the Young Generation of Tajikistan, have worked to raise awareness of road safety issues in five villages in the Zarafshan Valley along the Ayni-Pendjikent-Uzbekistan border through their ‘Safe Villages’ campaign. The campaign coincided with the development of the A377 highway, which runs through the region and is supported by the Ministry of Transport, Kocks Consult, Asian Development Bank, Ministry of Internal Affairs and EASST. In total, 1500 young drivers were reached by an information campaign on reducing speeding in Penjikent; 194 tractor drivers, farmers and activists were trained in better compliance of traffic rules; over 600 local representatives participated in advocacy campaigns; and 110 teachers were introduced to the new EASST Education Pack on Road Safety which will lead to more road safety lessons in schools across the region.
To mark the end of the campaign, YGT hosted a number of key stakeholders and decision-makers at their National Road Safety Conference on 14th October 2016 with the aim of highlighting road safety issues and making suggestions for future initiatives. In particular, they are aiming to identify potential corporate and other sponsors for the production of vital safety equipment including, high-visibility clothing and educational materials in order to continue to address the needs of local people and save their lives.