Thousands of children in Namibia call for road safety

WINDHOEK; Thousands of children from 52 participating schools in Namibia believe that road safety should become part of the country’s next development goals.

A media statement from the Automobile Association of Namibia (AAN) issued here on Tuesday read that 15 000 children on 22 May 2015 handed over a declaration of commitment to road safety to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Namibia, Micaela Marques de Sousa, in commemoration of the United Nations (UN) Global Road Safety Week 2015. Part of the local project entailed the creation of the #SaveKidsLives hash tag to create awareness amongst learners on social media.

The children said: “As much as we achieved the target of 10 000 signatories and reached over 15 000 hearts and minds, we urge all Namibians – young and old – to join this noble cause in saving our children’s lives on the road.”

The #SaveKidsLives campaign in collaboration with the AAN, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) of Namibia and other local road safety partners is supported by Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

The aim of the campaign is to highlight the plight of children on the world’s and Namibia’s roads while calling for action to ensure child safety on the road.

Over 100 children are killed on Namibia’s roads every year.