First Safe School Zone Opens in Thailand with Support from Fedex and Safe Kids
Fedex Express and Safe Kids Thailand opened the first Safe School Zone in Thailand on November 16. The project was a collaborative effort between community leaders, teachers and students at the Jumpeewanidaporn Primary School in the small district of Nai Wiang in Nan Province.
“The Safe School Zone is a designated area in which pedestrians and road safety hazards are identified and fixed. The aim is to make walking to and from school safer for students,” explained Safe Kids Thailand spokesperson, Adisak Plitponkarnpim, Associate Professor and Director, Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention.
The multi- phased initiative began in January 2015 in an effort to reduce the number of child- related road accidents. Phase one of the project involved research and surveys to find safety trouble spots in the school’s neighborhood. In phase two, the community worked together to make improvements, such as covering holes on roads and walkways, erecting signs at dangerous road curves, reinforcing the school gates, and asking street vendors to move their stalls from pavements near the school.
“This project addresses one of the big- gest safety issues in Thailand today. The World Health Organization recently declared roads in Thailand to be the second most dangerous in the world, with many road- related deaths involving pedestrians,” said David Carden, Managing Director, Fedex Express Thailand and Indochina. “This is why Fedex is committed to improving road safety for children in Thailand, who are especially vulnerable to road hazards.”
“We support community- led projects that make our roads and pavements safer, and we’re delighted that more than 500 Jumpeewanidaporn school students and their parents will benefit from the first Safe School Zone in Thailand,” added Carden.