|Students play a traffic safety game at Ấp Đình Primary School in HCM City’s outlying Hóc Môn District. — Photo courtesy of AIP Foundation|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Fashion shows and games about traffic safety were organised on Tuesday at Ấp Đình Primary School in HCM City’s rural Hóc Môn District.
The students learned about standard and non-standard helmets and how to wear them while playing a game.
The extracurricular activities were part of the Helmets for Families programme held by the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation in co-operation with the National Traffic Safety Committee and Ministry of Education and Training, sponsored by global healthcare company Abbott.
The programme has helped raise the average helmet wearing rate at all four schools in the district to 81 per cent in the 2016-2017 academic year compared to 31 per cent in the past.
In January, students and their parents participated in educational training sessions when the programme kicked off.
AIP Foundation’s staff has been working with teachers since December 2016 to help them implement the road-safety curriculum.
According to the city’s Department of Education and Training, the schools chosen to participate in this programme are some of the most vulnerable in HCM City.
Hóc Môn District is near the Tân Phú Trung area in Củ Chi District, which has heavy industrial traffic.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the programme provided 5,600 high-quality helmets to students, teachers and parents through donations and subsidies.
The programme serves four schools in the district and two in Hà Nội.
Since its launch in 2013, Helmets for Families has served beneficiaries at 15 schools in the country, and has provided more than 30,000 quality helmets through donations and subsidised exchanges. — VNS