It’s about 11:00 am, February 28, at Escola Primaria Completa Guebo school in Maputo, Mozambique. The driver walks into the room and quietly takes a seat at a small desk. Before him sits a panel of four schoolchildren, aged eight to 12. One asks: “Did you know you were speeding? Do you know why?” Another asks: “Do you know what speed should be used around school areas? What is the speed?” And another: “Do you know that you are putting our lives at risk?”
The driver was just stopped by traffic police for speeding outside the school and brought directly inside. The children have spent at least two days training to act as jurors and educators. They’ve learned to be confident and firm. They’ve practiced at school and at home with their families. They are members of Kids’ Court.
Amma Oduro-Dankwah, a Senior Program Officer at Amend’s Ghana office, shares her experiences traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a worldwide road safety NGO conference:
I joined the Amend family in February 2017 and I was privileged to attend the biannual Global Meeting of Nongovernmental Organizations Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in April 2017. This meeting involved 200 road safety NGOs and stakeholders from over 70 countries.
Texel Cossa, Amend’s new Office Manager and Program Assistant at our Mozambique office, shares her thoughts on child pedestrian safety in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital:
I recently started working with Amend in Mozambique, and as I travel around Maputo speaking with communities to understand the impact of road traffic injuries, I see that the reality is tragic.
João Fernandes, an Amend Programme Manager, describes his reflections on his travels across 10 countries in Africa for an Amend primary school based road safety project:
Over the last six months I have been fortunate to have the chance to travel through 10 countries in Africa for an Amend primary school road safety project. During my travels, I have seen many similarities, but also differences, that characterize each of the realities. I have been especially interested in the urban areas and how people move around them.
Neema Swai, an Amend Programme Officer in Tanzania, describes a model road safety partnership between Amend and a private sector company:
Amend and Puma Energy Tanzania recently wrapped up a small project that demonstrates one way that NGOs and the private sector can work together to raise the profile of road safety where it is needed most. In this project, Amend designed and implemented a primary school road safety drawing competition and education programme that involved four primary schools in Dar es Salaam where children are at high risk of road traffic injury.
George Malekela, an Amend Senior Programme Assistant in Tanzania, describes his visit to a deadly stretch of road in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and his interactions with the local community there:
This week I visited a neighborhood of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania called Bondeni where a trunk road was recently upgraded. Since the upgrading of the road was completed in late 2014 there have been many injuries and fatalities to community members trying to cross the road. Though there is a zebra crossing–and residents use it–they are getting hit by vehicles regardless.
Neema Swai, an Amend Senior Programme Assistant in Tanzania describes her visit to a community in Dar es Salaam that has taken road safety into its own hands:
I recently visited a neighborhood in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where people have been injured on the roads and the community felt compelled to take matters into their own hands.