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Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Education hand over Road Safety Toolkits to Schools in Southern Belize

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2024. 9:22 am CST.

Government of Belize Press Release

In a concerted effort to enhance road safety awareness and education among the youth, the Second Road Safety Project under the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science & Technology (MoECST) have embarked on a significant initiative to distribute road safety toolkits to district education officers nationwide. This proactive step aims to empower students with essential knowledge and resources to promote safer road practices from a young age.

On February 21, Our Lady of Bella Vista Roman Catholic Primary School, Bella Vista Government High School, San Juan Bosco Primary School, Independence Primary School, Independence High School, and Georgetown Technical High School all received toolkits.

The meticulously curated road safety toolkits include a range of educational materials, interactive resources, and practical guides tailored to resonate with students of different age groups. These toolkits are designed not only to educate but to engage students in meaningful discussions about road safety, fostering a culture of responsible behaviour on the roads.

Handing out these toolkits were Hon. Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Transport; Dr. Osmond Martinez, CEO for the Ministry of Economic Development; Mrs. Dian Maheia, CEO for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science & Technology; and Mr. Zane Castillo, Project Manager for the Second Road Safety Project.

Minister Ferguson emphasized the importance of instilling road safety awareness early in life, stating, “Our children are the future drivers, pedestrians, and passengers on our roads. By equipping them with the knowledge and skills to navigate roadways safely, we are investing in a safer and more responsible road culture for generations to come.”

The distribution of these toolkits marks a pivotal milestone in the Road Safety Project’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing road safety education within the community. Through partnerships with schools, educators, and stakeholders, the project aims to cultivate a holistic approach to road safety, encompassing education, enforcement, and engineering measures.

The Second Road Safety Project encourages schools to incorporate these toolkits into their educational programs and extracurricular activities, fostering a collaborative approach to road safety education. The project aims to reduce road traffic incidents and fatalities by equipping students with the necessary knowledge and resources, creating safer environments for all road users.

Together, let us pave the way towards a safer and more responsible road culture for our children and future generations.

 

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