Namibia Exceeds 10,000 Signatures in Support of Children’s Safety On the Road [press release]

In Namibia alone in excess of 100 children die annually due to road crashes.

The Private Sector Road Safety Forum (PSRSF) in partnership with MISA – through its Children amp Media Project, the Automobile Association of Namibia (AA), the Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association, MVA-Fund of Namibia (MVA), National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and many other stakeholders have reacted to a call by the United Nations to collect declarations for the inclusion of Road Safety in the next development goals and formed a National #SaveKidsLives Organizing Committee. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the plight of children on the world’s and Namibian roads and is requesting to generate action to better ensure their safety.

The campaign was launched through the media on 2 April 2015 and the first phase will come to a closure as a day of declaration delivery on 22 May 2015. As children have been central to the success of the campaign the planned theme of the day will be “We are the World”. Plans are to have many schools of Windhoek present at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura.

Volunteer Transport Management students from the Polytechnic have been briefed on the campaign and are currently lobbying schools and the public at large to sign the declaration. In Namibia, the target of 10 000 declarations has already been exceeded by more than 4 000, with many more signatures flowing in. As a cost saving factor people were encouraged to make their declaration online. As part of creating awareness children have also been encouraged to formulate #Safie phrases.

The Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association has handed out declarations and blank hand written declaration forms to all its members and is awaiting the return of completed hand written declaration forms. After the start of the school holidays on the 17th of April 2015,the focus was shifted to high density areas and tertiary education institutions at which students are collecting declarations. It is unfortunate that all the major shopping malls refused to allow the students in the mall for the collection of signatures without payment.

Source : Media Institute of Southern Africa