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Central province takes part in Helmets for Kids programme

Update: March, 18/2015 - 15:39
More than 2,980 students and teachers at five primary schools in Quang Nam Province were gifted helmets at a kick-off ceremony held on Tuesday. —VNS  Photo

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — Quang Nam Province is the 26th province to take part in the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundations road safety programme of Helmets for Kids, which began in 2000.

High-quality helmet donations and road-safety education are part of the programme.

On Tuesday (March 17), the AIP Foundation organised a kick-off ceremony in the province. At the ceremony, 2,987 students and teachers at five primary schools in the province were gifted helmets.

Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation, said: "We have seen improved road-safety knowledge and behaviour among students, resulting in lives saved from the use of helmets."

The foundation originally designed Helmets for Kids to address the epidemic of child deaths on Viet Nams roads and the lack of road-safety and helmet-use education in Viet Nams educational system.

In a society where motorcycles are the primary mode of transportation, children are the most vulnerable passengers while riding with their parents because of the widespread lack of helmet use.

Since its launch in Ha Noi, the programme has been expanded to seven countries in Asia.

This year, the programme aims to present helmets to around 9,100 students and teachers at 44 schools in four provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Nam and Dong Nai.

The selected schools are located in four of 15 major provinces implementing the National Child Helmet Action Plan, which aims to reach 80 per cent child helmet-wearing rates by 2016, Sidik said.

The programme is carried out under co-operation with National Traffic Safety Committee and the Ministry of Education and Training with sponsorship of Johnson & Johnson. –VNS

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