Zizi the Zebra, a mobile app developed by Vivo Energy Uganda to teach children about road safety, has been launched today at Vivo Energy Uganda’s head office, at 7th Street industrial area.
Vivo Energy is the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Africa. The company’s corporate social responsibility programme focuses on road safety as well as education and environment. Through its road safety education programme, the company has invested in training school children to develop a community of road safety ambassadors in each of the 32 schools that currently participate. These children are involved in several activities to enable them master good road safety behaviour that they can pass on to their friends and family.
At the launch of the app, 28 primary schools took part in a road safety and environment quiz that gave them a chance to win various prizes including, among others, android mobile phones and tablets, schools bags, and solar powered reading lamps. The kids also tried the app; competing against each other to receive prizes. Children were encouraged to request their parents to allow them download the app, Zizi the Zebra, onto their smart phones and tablets so that they could play the game, and learn about road safety.
Speaking at the launch of the app, Vivo Energy Managing Director Mr Hans Paulsen said, “We have focused our investment in children as they are the future of this country. They are at an impressionable age and can easily form a new belief system that would influence their behaviour. They learn new ideas quickly and are eager to share them with their peers and parents. This generation is also more technically savvy and spend a lot of their free time exploring mobile gadgets for games. The app we have developed provides road safety education for children in a fun and innovative way. We believe this is a good space to teach them to be responsible road users and future drivers.”
Allan Rogers Kibaya, HSSE Manager for Vivo Energy Uganda added: “Today many Ugandans are vulnerable to road accidents with over 3,000 lost every year, including over 600 children. If this app helps to save just one life then it’s a worthwhile investment.”
The event was officiated by the Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Commander Mr. Norman Musinga. In his remarks he said, “Thank you Vivo Energy for this wonderful initiative of creating awareness on road safety to children who are the future drivers. Irresponsible behavior is the major contributing factor of road accidents. Just like Vivo Energy, I encourage other companies to also come up with more creative ideas. I am very impressed by this innovation and I commend Vivo Energy for being very creative in teaching about road safety.”
Vivo Energy’s road safety education programmes cover not only children, but also training programmes for Bodaboda riders and bus drivers.
Zizi the Zebra can be downloaded for free using any android phone or tablet by visiting Google play store and installing “Zizi the Zebra”. The app is the first of its kind in Uganda and was locally produced.
Notes to editors:
With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda since 1953.
Vivo Energy Uganda has a fuels storage capacity of 18,297 m³ and 118 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.
Vivo Energy Uganda employs 120 permanent employees. The company is recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.
Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash). For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to customers at 23 airports though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.
The company employs around 2,100 people, operates over 1,500 retail service stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 125,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.
Vivo Energy Uganda: Communications manager
Cerinah Zalwango Tugume
Telephone: +256 772 754001
Email: [email protected]