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Alliance Advocate Programme extends to Asia

28 November 2018

Road safety NGO leaders from eight countries in Asia have become the newest cohort of trainees to join the Alliance Advocates Programme, a growing movement of NGOs that is championing a low-cost, evidence-based approach to road safety. 

It is the first time that the Alliance Advocate training, organized by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance), has been run in Asia. 

The trainees, known as Alliance Advocates, will strengthen their data, project management, and advocacy skills through a practical, innovative demonstration project.

They have collected road data around a school in suburban New Delhi — using the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)’s Star Rating for Schools methodology — which they will use to identify actions that would radically improve student safety, and create an advocacy plan.

At the end of the training, the Alliance Advocates will take what they have learned and replicate the project in their own communities. We anticipate that at least 21 schools will have been assessed across Asia by April 2019 and that the Alliance Advocates will work with schools and local governments to extend the project across their cities. This approach could transform school journeys for millions of children who risk their lives every day to attend school along dangerous roads. 

Ms. Lotte Brondum, Executive Director of the Alliance, said: “Children in some parts of Asia are risking their lives every day on the way to school and back. The Alliance Advocates will implement realistic and effective action plans so that children don’t have to risk their lives to get an education. We encourage their governments to allow them to share their new knowledge and to work together with them to make schools across Asia safer.”

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