Primary School Pupils to receive road safety training to curb accident

25Apr 2018
Crispin Gerald
The Guardian
Primary School Pupils to receive road safety training to curb accident

OVER 10,000 primary school pupils from Dar es Salaam and Ruvuma regions will benefit from a road safety awareness training aimed at equipping them with skills and protecting them from accidents.

Puma Energy Tanzania Ltd general manager Philippe Corsaletti (2nd-R) looks on as the 2017 road safety training and drawing competition for school children is launched in Dar es Salaam yesterday. With him (from-R) are Amend project manager Simon Kalolo and police officers ASP Mbuja Matibu and Sergeant Hussein Ramadhani. Left is student Nasri Mustafa. Photo: Halima Kambi

The project to be implemented by PUMA energy Dar es Salaam in collaboration with Amend Tanzania and Traffic Road Safety and municipal education officers will target six primary schools in Dar es Salaam and seven others in Ruma and will cost an estimated USD 60,000.

Speaking after launching the project in Dar es Salaam, Health, safety, environment and quality manager for PUMA Energy Tanzania Blasio Boniphace said the purpose was to ensure that primary school pupils are aware of the road safety principles in order to protect them from the everyday road accidents.

are committed to making sure that school pupils in Tanzania remain safe by using resources we have to ensure no pupils die from road accidents.” Said Boniface.

He acknowledged what he termed as a drop in accidents by 50 percent among schools where the project has been implemented before.

PUMA Energy Tanzania Ltd General Manager, Philippe Corsaletti said the campaign will also involve drawing competition among school children. He noted that the reason for targeting schools was because school going children were most exposed to road risks and therefore road safety awareness was required.

“In doing so they grow up with road safety knowledge which they acquire at their young age,” this is our first priority,” he said.

Puma Energy started the road safety training program in 2013 which has already covered 47 schools and trained about 60,000 children in the country.