VIA is designed as a modular, flexible, accessible and easily replicable programme for child road safety education to be implemented anywhere in the world.
The programme is built on internationally recognized child road safety education best practices, which drew from the experience of road safety practitioners from a breadth of industries and from the knowledge of the global GRSP Expert Team.
Having as ultimate focus children road safety, VIA has been developed as an easy to integrate programme that can be added to current road safety curricula in the schools where it is implemented, so to avoid the risk of duplication.
VIA will be piloted in three countries—France, Cameroon and India—in the first months of 2019 and will be launched in the second half of the year.
What’s the aim of the programme?
VIA aims to educate children and adolescents to road safety best practices in order to contribute to a reduction in death and injury from road crashes.
How does the programme work?
The road safety education methodology aims to develop the following four key-competencies:
- Risk competence: Learning to estimate potential risks in traffic, acting and reacting in a safe manner to minimize road safety risks.
- Safe Mobility competence: Learning and understanding traffic rules as well as gaining practical skills to become a responsible and safe road user.
- Transportation skills: Learning to safely handle and use various means of transport (feet, bicycle, public transport, etc.) in traffic.
- Social competence: Learning to behave attentively and to consider others whilst on the road; learning to communicate with others in traffic.
What are the programme objectives?
- Learn about risky behaviour on the road
- Learn how to avoid accidents
- Become aware of the connection between safe behaviour on streets/ roads and the protection of one’s own life.
- Produce creative road safety messages and action plans with the aim of implementing road safety measures for school routes and environments, neighborhoods, etc.