Tiny tots, parents learn about traffic safety

Students of Le Trong Tan Primary School in Binh Tan District, HCM City, perform a dance to disseminate a message about traffic safety at a “Family Day” event. VNS Photo Gia Loc

HCM CITY— More than 3,000 students from 22 primary schools in HCM City’s Binh Tan District and their parents on December 14 attended a “Family Day” that featured fun activities with the message of traffic safety.

The programme titled “Kids Love Helmets” was organised by the city Department of Education and Training in co-operation with the Traffic Safety Committee and the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation.

The families learnt about the importance of helmets through activities like show cycling, puzzles, helmet decoration, and flash-mob dances.

Tran Van The, the father of two children studying in Binh Tri Primary School No.1 and who attended the event with them, said teaching traffic safety rules through games is a good way.

Children remember [things] easier, he said.

Decorating helmets caused his children to like their helmets more and more, he said.

“This is a chance for me to have fun with my two children.”

A similar event will be organised in Tan Phu District on December 22 with 1,500 students and their parents expected to take part.

According to the Department of Education and Training, parents are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their children wear helmets.

Family events like this are thought to be an effective way to reach both parents and students and a good model to expand citywide.

They are part of a public awareness campaign called Children also Need A Helmet organised by the National Traffic Safety Committee, Ministry of Education and Training, and the AIP Foundation.

The national campaign began in 2011 with a goal of improving the rate of helmet use among children, correcting parents’ misconceptions about helmet use among children, and increasing awareness of road safety. –VNS

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