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Safe to Home, Safe to School

Practical road safety awareness for children travelling on roads from home to school.

By Shell South Africa on Jun 01, 2020

Shell understands that delivering change means adding practical value to the everyday lives of children in schools. As a company deeply involved in the logistics of moving fuel across the nation and meeting the needs of thousands of motorists, it is natural that we should be concerned with promoting safety on our roads.

Shell’s road safety programmes for local school children help to address challenges around road accidents. Shell South Africa runs the ‘Safe to School, Safe to Home’ programme designed for school children, with Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), to increase their road awareness, teach them simple road safety rules and improve their safety when travelling on roads to and from school.

The programme entails:

  • Improvements to road infrastructure in local communities by, for example, introducing speed humps, road markings, road signages;

  • Improved speed monitoring and signage around schools;

  • Introduction of scholar patrols by authorities;

  • Development and establishment of safe drop-off zones at schools.
     

Chris Maluleke, Principal of the Chivirikani Primary School, says:
“Teachers are acting ‘in loco-parentis’ when children are at school, and as they have ‘parental’ obligations, they have to not only educate but also ensure the safety of children. The Shell programme increased children’s awareness and understanding around road signage and using signs to stay safe.”
 

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Title: Safe to School Safe to Home

Duration: 2:43 minutes

Description: Shell’s road safety programmes that include practical interventions designed to improve physical safety in and near school precincts.

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  • 00:05 Ntobeko Mogadime Country Social Investment Adviser, Shell
  • 00:43 Lungisani Primary school
  • 00:48 Chivirkani Primary school
  • 00:52 Lucky Molaudzi General Manager, Global Road Safety Partnership
  • 01:19 Nomsa Educator, Chivirikani Primary School
  • 01:33 Kayla Mathebula Grade 6 Pupil, Chivirikani Primary School
  • 01:54 Duduzile Tsuari Principal, Lungisani Primary School
  • 02:03 Rhoda Mathibela Educator, Lungisani Primary School
  • 02:33 Emily Khoza Grade 6 Pupil, Chivirikani Primary School

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1. Ntobeko Mogadime

Country Social Investment Adviser, Shell

We invest quite highly in road safety expertise internally. We also empower our local communities to be safe when they travel on the road. Over the last four years we have been supporting a program called ‘Safe to school, safe to home’ and this program is really focusing on learners when they are travelling from home to school and making sure they are safe on the road. We also partner with Global Road Safety Partnership, GRSP, in implementing the program and their role is really to, once we have identified schools and communities that we want to impact, they help us do a baseline assessment of the schools from an education perspective and infrastructure perspective. They will then develop an action plan to address that.

2. Lucky Molaudzi

General Manager, Global Road Safety Partnership

We look at the way the kids got to school in the morning and come back, their safety. We educate parents, communities, drivers in order for the kids to arrive safely from home to school.

3. Ntobeko Mogadime

Country Social Investment Adviser, Shell

Particularly in the program we implemented in Katlehong in five primary schools – there we can see that putting a program of this nature has actually helped.

4. Nomsa

Educator, Chivirikani Primary School

I’m really pleased that Shell has designed a drop-off area for the learners. It’s easy because they have access to drop off inside the school yard.

5. Kayla Mathebula

Grade 6 Pupil, Chivirikani Primary School

There are seats where people can sit and there is a roof where you can protect yourself from the sun.

6. Nomsa

Educator, Chivirikani Primary School

There are speed humps there and a pedestrian crossing as well. Learners were not aware of those before, they didn’t know anything about them. Since Shell came to play, learners are now aware.

7. Duduzile Tsuari

Principal, Lungisani Primary School

It’s unbelievable. Our children are safe but more than anything what I like is the attitude of the learners in knowing how safety is important.

8. Rhoda Mathibela

Educator, Lungisani Primary School

The skills that we’ve gained from you guys, the knowledge, the attitude towards the safety of the road. We thank you very much, we appreciate what you’ve done to us.

9. Nomsa

Educator, Chivirikani Primary School

We are really, really, really grateful for the program that we are having with Shell.

10. Ntobeko Mogadime

Country Social Investment Adviser, Shell

We encourage any other organisation as well to really look at NGOs that have the expertise and partner with them and also bring on board government officials that are involved in addressing road safety.

11. Emily Khoza

Grade 6 Pupil, Chivirikani Primary School

Thanks to Shell I feel a lot safer.

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