PW 2421 School-based road safety education in myanmar

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BackgroundToday, road related injuries are the main cause of injuries and death registered at Myanmar hospitals. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 10 000 people die on Myanmar’s roads every year, which is a fatality rate of 20.3 deaths per 1 00 000 citizens. The number of road related fatalities is projected to increase, as Myanmar is subject to rapid motorization through the import of motorcycles. Road safety education can help to increase awareness in traffic and prevent crashes, but Myanmar’s school system is only slowly developing a road safety curriculum. This is why the Myanmar Organization for Road Safety (M.O.R.S.) has developed a program for road safety intervention in schools.ObjectiveThe goal of the school based road safety program developed by M.O.R.S. is to educate children about dangers in traffic. This education is to teach the student the road safety awareness in their childhood to adulthood.MethodsThe program was organized in the schools of Yangon. In total, about more than 5 00 000 school children attended. In that education program, the teaching aids of PowerPoint slides and some vinyl poster are displayed. The instructors are from various professional background with decent road safety knowledge.ConclusionThe M.O.R.S. program was a good way to reach children that do not get a road safety education in school. The program can be repeated by teachers in Myanmar for a sustainable increase in road safety awareness of school children. Policy implications A similar program should be developed and be implemented into the official school curriculum in Myanmar.

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