Cross-roads for stu­dents an­nounced

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL - By Zakariya Muhammed

Stu­dents cross­ing roads have been a ma­jor con­cern for the pub­lic and government. Most schools are sit­u­ated close to road­sides in Kur­dis­tan re­gion, and con­se­quently stu­dents have faced dif­fi­cul­ties try­ing to cross roads safely. Neg­li­gence by drivers has caused many stu­dent fa­tal­i­ties. The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion from Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government (KRG) in co­op­er­a­tion with NIM com­pany launched Road Cross­ing Safety projects which aims to pro­tect stu­dents, and en­able them to cross roads safely.

In a cer­e­mony held at the Cul­ture Hall in Er­bil last week, the project was the­o­ret­i­cally ex­plained. Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter, NIM com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and 200 Ba­sic School head­mas­ters in Er­bil at­tended the cer­e­mony. Af­ter talk­ing about the project in de­tail, Sa­man Brifkani, the project or­ga­nizer, asked the school head­mas­ters to con­vey the project in­for­ma­tion to their stu­dents so that they can cross roads safely. "As part of an aware­ness project, three trained stu­dents and their su­per­vis­ing in­struc­tor, ev­ery­day at early in the morn­ing and in the af­ter­noon when school is over, wear spe­cial clothes and hats. They have (Stop Sign) panel with whis­tles in their hands used for stop­ping cars while stu­dents are cross­ing roads." Ex­plained Brifkani.

The project was prac­ticed on Fe­bru­ary 19, in front of Shi­lan Ba­sic School, a place where two stu­dents were hit by a car a few months ago. The project was de­cided to be prac­ticed in all the other schools of Er­bil and will also be prac­ticed in the Duhok and Sue­li­maniya schools in the fu­ture. “Any­thing sug­gested for the sake of our chil­dren's safety by any com­pany should be ap­pre­ci­ated. I be­lieve this is a great work pre­pared by NIM Com­pany. I hope the com­pany con­tin­ues in pro­duc­ing other ben­e­fi­cial projects.” Said Dr. Es­mat Muham­mad Khalid, the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter.

"This is a big is­sue and can't be solved by a sim­ple project. There are many reck­less drivers who don't care about kids' lives. If the government really wants the safety of our kids, it should ap­point traf­fic po­lice­men in front of ev­ery sin­gle ba­sic school in the re­gion," said Shoxan Ra­sool, a 33-old lady while tak­ing her son to school.

Ra­sool also crit­i­cized the government for not build­ing new schools far from main roads to de­cease car ac­ci­dents. Many schools built long ago are lo­cated on main roads, leav­ing the youngest of stu­dents in se­ri­ous dan­ger--even if mi­nor pro­ce­dures are taken as a so­lu­tion.

As part of po­lice aware­ness projects, the traf­fic in­struc­tions have been pro­mul­gated to peo­ple through the me­dia nu­mer- ous times in or­der to keep the lives of kids and oth­ers safe.

Ac­cord­ing to Traf­fic Po­lice Bri­gadier Ab­dulqadir Sidiq, the head of Me­dia and Re­la­tions at the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Traf­fic Di­rec­torate, Traf­fic Po­lice and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion are work­ing on rais­ing more aware­ness among stu­dents. "The vi­o­la­tors are strictly pun­ished. We try to ed­u­cate the teach­ers of kin­der­gartens, pri­mary and sec­ondary schools to teach stu­dents about traf­fic aware­ness. Per­son­ally, since 1996 I have asked that schools in­clude traf­fic rules as part of their cur­ricu­lum. It is never too late, even if we start such a project now." Brig. Sidiq noted that many plas­tic humps have been put on roads in front of ev­ery school, although he ad­mits that this is not enough to solve the prob­lem. "Some drivers are still care­less and drive very fast and don't care about the lives of the stu­dents. We have ded­i­cated many traf­fic pa­trols and po­lice to check the roads and streets where school build­ings are mostly lo­cated." Brig. Sidiq thinks this is­sue has a very neg­a­tive psy­cho­log­i­cal in­flu­ence on ev­ery side. More traf­fic po­lice should be put in front of the schools. Also, rear doors should be con­structed for such school build­ings. For many years, traf­fic in­struc­tions have been brought to peo­ple via the me­dia, but it has never had the de­sired ef­fect on peo­ple, Sidiq ex­plained: "We need the co­op­er­a­tion of ev­ery side to spread more in­struc­tions--in­tel­lec­tu­als, re­li­gious schol­ars, and oth­ers can help to lessen ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing chil­dren, stu­dents, and all peo­ple."

Cars stopped to let stu­dents cross road in an Er­bil street.

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