Road Safety Sensitization for Schools in The Gambia Rolls out

                           

 

Road  safety is a major public health concern and a development challenge in The Gambia. Currently, road traffic-related deaths and injuries are becoming a great burden on citizens as well as government agencies and departments, thus the need for greater collaboration by different stakeholders in reducing or preventing road traffic accidents on our road networks.

                          

                        

                                 School children demonstrating on how to use zebra crossing

 

 

In a bid to address this menace, the Ministry of Transport, Works, and Infrastructure has developed a Road Safety Annual Work Plan for 2022. One activity relates to familiarization of common road traffic signs and their interpretations in the Gambia for school kids. In collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), booklets has been printed, traffic signs drawn on selected schools’ fences and walls.   

The main objective of this activity is to increase road user safety awareness among school going children. To that effect, additional  materials  were procured for distribution during the school sensitization campaign including lollipop sticks, traffic cones, posters of traffic signs, reflective stickers, and safety vests for use of the children  during morning and afternoon rush hours.

It is worthwhile to note that The Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure has taken the lead in coordinating the planning and management of road safety activities in The Gambia, in line with recommendations from the UN Global Decade of Action on Road Safety, 2011–2020, to establish a High-Level National Road Safety Committee, which is in place, comprising of major stakeholder institutions. The committee is the highest decision-making body (on road safety) in the country. Thus, the level of representation includes Permanent Secretaries/Managing Directors and Heads of Institutions, supported by technical experts.

Furthermore, as part of this Ministry’s efforts to achieve zero fatalities and zero serious injuries on our roads, this Ministry has developed the Gambia Road Safety Strategy 2020 to 2030. This Road Safety Strategy has been prepared to combat the menace of road traffic crashes, which are causing significant human misery and unbearable economic losses in the Gambia.