Background In the Philippines, many schools are prone to road traffic injuries because of the unsafe walking environment and because of the dangerous locations. Most of them are in the highways where vehicles come and pass by. Commonwealth Elementary School, Quezon City, our pilot safe school zone project is one of them.
Objective To improve the walking environment of the Commonwealth Elementary School, Quezon City Philippines using the 3Es of the Safe Kids/FedEx Walk This Way, the pedestrian safety program. The Education, Engineering and Enforcement while putting permanent barriers and later use the school as Model for other schools in the country.
Results Safe Kids Worldwide Philippines organised the stakeholders meetings and conducted baseline data through the assistance of the volunteer parents of the students of Commonwealth Elementary School. Based on the baseline data the school has no enough lighting, over crowded, vendors are everywhere and no barriers that separate motorists and pedestrians. SKWP worked with the local government and other NGOs and improve the walking environment of the school by removing the vendors, installing lights at night and putting road signs. After improving the environment post data gathering was done and has seen the improvement of the walking environment of the school aside from the engagement of the whole population of the school and increasing the road safety awareness.
Conclusions Safe School Zone Project supports the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020. It can be easily replicated by other schools. Through making every school a Safe School Zone, we can reduce the number of road traffic injuries in the country.
- school safety