Vivo Energy Conducts Schools Road Safety and Zizi the Zebra Competition

Vivo Energy Uganda has brought together 20 primary schools to compete on road safety in a bid to motivate and reward champions and enhance their road safety knowledge at a competition held at UMA Conference hall in Kampala.

Vivo Energy is the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Africa. The company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programmes focus on road safety as well as education and environment. Through its road safety education programme, the company has invested in training children to develop a community of over 6000 road safety ambassadors in the 52 schools that currently participate. These children are involved in several activities to enable them master good road safety behavior that they can pass on to their friends and family. The company also runs road safety programmes among drivers of bodabodas, taxis and buses.

The competition brings together 20 schools that have actively participated and are currently under the Vivo Energy road safety programme. The children that were selected by the schools to represent them took part in a road safety quiz and a Zizi the Zebra competition to win the grand prize of UGX 10 million shillings worth of books to boost their school library. They also won other personal prizes including tablets, Road safety jigsaw puzzles, solar powered reading lamps, special Zizi t-shirts and others.

While opening the competition at UMA Conference Hall, Vivo Energy Managing Director, Hans Paulsen said, “Children are at an impressionable age, they are like sponge - they learn and absorb knowledge easily and this shapes the kind of adults they will become. As future drivers, we believe this is the best age to inculcate a good road safety culture. We chose children as one of our key avenues to contribute to a better road safety culture in Uganda. Children also play a critical role in influencing their parents and are therefore our best ambassadors.”

“Zizi the zebra also gives children the opportunity to have fun while learning about road safety and with this we believe this knowledge will remain with them for many years. Because they enjoy using smart phones and tablets, we deliberately entered that space to educate them about road safety.” He added.

Cerinah Tugume, Corporate Communications Manager for Vivo Energy Uganda added: “Uganda loses over 3,000 people annually to road accidents of which 20% are children. This is why we have invested efforts to improving our road safety culture through education.”

The event was officiated by a representative from World Health Organisation on Non Communicable diseases, Dr. Hasifa Kasule. In her remarks she commended Vivo Energy for the several initiatives in place to create awareness on road safety to children. She encouraged Vivo Energy to seek more partnerships in order to spread the positive efforts towards behavioral change in our community.”

Vivo Energy launched Zizi the Zebra - a child road safety app, in 2015, to enable children learn about road safety in a fun and interactive manner. The app has been promoted among primary schools and over 1500 children have been actively playing the game this year. Zizi the Zebra can be downloaded for free from any android mobile phone or tablet. The company also runs road safety programmes with Bodaboda riders, Bus drivers, taxi drivers and the general public.

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 17,500 m³ and 127 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Uganda employs around 130 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 airports through customers at 23 airports though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,300 people, operates over 1,700 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.

Media Contact:

Cerinah Z Tugume

Vivo Energy Uganda

Tel: +256 772 754001

Email: [email protected]
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