Over 100 students and teachers from the Lower River Region have been enlightened on road safety and HIV/AIDS prevention.
The two-day conclave held at Mansakonko in the Lower River Region was part of the ongoing awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS, road safety and women empowerment in the implementation zone of the Trans-Gambia Bridge Corridor project.
The forum exposed participants to traffic rules and signs and how to apply first aid to those involved in accidents.
In his opening address, the chief consultant of the campaign, Foma Ceesay, said upon completion the Trans-Gambia Highway would transform into an international thoroughfare for people, goods and services hence the need for such awareness campaign.
The executive director of The Gambia Family Planning Association (GFPA) Yankuba Dibba described participants as fortunate to be part of the forum. The training, he said, illustrates the authorities’ dedication to the safety and development of children.
The director of Curriculum at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Burama, lauded the initiative, saying road safety and life skills development are integral components of the 2016-2030 Education Policy.
Dr. Jammeh, who is also the road safety focal point at the Ministry of Education, advised students to form road safety clubs and urged teachers to organise step-down trainings to spread positive traffic and health conducts in their various schools.
For his part, the governor of Lower River Region, Salifu Puye stressed the need for the introduction of road safety in the school curriculum and more traffic signs and police stops at potential danger zones in the area.
The forum was crowned with declarations by students on how to uphold road safety and HIV/AIDS prevention. The students went into groups and formulated a code of conduct and declaration which will be presented to the governor to ensure more effective measures such as enforcing the use of reflectors for cyclists, as well as horse and donkey cart riders, to avert or mitigate traffic accidents and to inculcate positive health attitudes.
by Karabulie Conteh