FedEx and Safe Kids Teach Road Safety to Young Students in Thailand
FedEx Express in collaboration with Safe Kids Thailand recently organized the FedEx/Safe Kids Walk Smart – Safe Child Pedestrian event at Wat Pracha Rabuetham School on January 11, 2017. More than 150 students (from 9-12 years old) took part in a range of educational activities to learn about pedestrian and road safety.
The activities kicked-off with the students completing a survey to assess their awareness of road-crossing rules. FedEx volunteers then shared road safety lessons with the students that included a practical demonstration of crossing the road safely. After the lessons, the students took part in a post-event survey to check they understood how to keep safe on the road.
“The FedEx/Safe Kids Walk Smart activity educates students on safe pedestrian behaviors that can keep them safe when crossing roads in Thailand,” said David Carden, managing director, FedEx Thailand and Indochina. “FedEx is a committed, long-term supporter of road safety programs in Thailand—especially campaigns to make walking to school safer for students.”
“Road accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children in Thailand,” said Adisak Plitponkarnpim, director, Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Center (CSIP). “Every year approximately 2,000 Thai children are killed and more than 72,000 are injured in road accidents. We believe road safety education can teach young students how to stay safe on the road and reduce the risk of injury or even death.”
The FedEx/Safe Kids Walk Smart – Safe Child Pedestrian event is part of the Walk This Way (WTW) road safety advocacy program launched by FedEx and Safe Kids Thailand in 2011. Since then, WTW programs to raise awareness of road and pedestrian safety have reached more than 133,997 children and 12,638 parents throughout the country.