Vivo Energy Ghana, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in partnership with the National Road Safety Commission and the Ghana Education Service has organized a two-day trainer of trainer’s workshop on road safety for some schools in the Greater Accra Region.
The objective of the training was to equip the teachers with the requisite skills and resources to enable them educate pupils in their various schools on how to ensure safety on the road and to serve as agents of change for the peers and siblings.
The Corporate Communications Manager, Mrs. Shirley Tony Kum said the school based road safety project dubbed “My Road Safety” is a pedagogic interactive programme comprising of series of classroom work, outdoor road safety activities, simulation exercises, and quiz competitions.
She said the project has the broad objective of educating school children to inculcate in them a conscious, civilized and safe behavior in the three different situations on the road as pedestrians, passengers and as cyclists. “Toolkits comprising of road safety text books, posters, games, safety vests, school bags among others will be distributed to pupils of participating schools to facilitate effective classroom and outdoor road safety lessons” says Shirley Tony Kum.
In his keynote address, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Mr. Fred Osoro said the company remains committed to the programme and promise to work with relevant stakeholder’s towards its successful implementation. He said the company has the plan of replicating it in schools within the ten regions of the country and urged the teachers to intensify road safety education in the various schools.
The Greater Accra Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission, Mr. Daniel Wuaku commended Vivo Energy Ghana for providing the funding for the project and believed the partnership with the Commission will reinforce safety consciousness in children. “We have no objection to this exemplary drive which forms part of our interventions and fully endorses it as a very good example of exhibiting corporate social responsibility.
Participating schools for the first phase are SDA Basic School, Bishop Mixed, Bishop Girls, Accra Sempe Primary, Boundary Road School, Kwashieman 1 Primary and Odorkor 1 JHS, Mamprobi Sempe 5 JHS/ North 4 Primary School, Kwashieman 2 Primary, Salvation Army B Basic and All Sanits Anglican Basic, all of which are located on high risk roads.