Oman Road Safety Association recently held its awareness activities in Shangrila Barr Al Jissa Hotel and Resort celebrating Qaranqasho with the aim of raising children’s and their families’ awareness while using roads as pedestrians, cyclists, or even as passengers in vehicles.
The activities included awareness talks about the dangers of speeding and the importance of seat belts and child’s restraints as well as the dangers of using mobile phones and the importance of adhering traffic rules and regulations, distributing flyers to different road users, enhancing the messages by using dummy car and dummy school bus as well as distributing goodies and sweets celebrating Qaranqasho. More than 200 people visited the association’s corner and benefited from the activities.
The Qaranqasho activity is part of Oman Road Safety Association’s new youth awareness programme entitled “Be Street Smart”. Commenting on it, Shaima Al-Lawati, ORSA Chief Executive Officer said, “Oman Road Safety Association has been working closely with this young energetic team to develop awareness knowledge and activities as well as materials. Educating our volunteers with the latest best practices in road safety is our primary resource for achieving safer roads and with the participation of Oman’s youth we will be able to deliver these messages in an effective way to change the attitude and behavior of the community. Through this Qaranqasho event we were able to focus on the young minds that will one day be part of the change we want to see. I would like to thank all our volunteers from AIESEC team and others for their continuous support and effective presence during the event.”
Al Mutasim Al Sariri, Head of Corporate Sustainability Department at OOC said: “Introducing the young generation to key road safety measures during this activity is a brilliant idea that mixes knowledge with fun, a proposition that promises significant results on the long run. Oman Oil Company will continue supporting such social responsibility and sustainability initiatives that lay the foundation at an early stage of these children’s lives to become safe and responsible citizens.”
Sulaiman Al Wehaibi, representing AIESEC local team and one of the volunteers in the activity, commented saying: “Be Street Smart is an amazing initiative by Oman Road Safety Association and AIESEC in Oman to engage all kinds of target audience with the help of local and international youth. By participating in this event, we tried to give the audience basic road safety knowledge which will help them to be safer while travelling on roads. We also focused on kids who will definitely inspire their parents to follow safety rules which will ultimately create safer roads for our children.”
Imtiaz Aziz, representing AIESEC International team and one of the volunteers in this activity, commented saying: “Being part of the Qaranqasho event gave me the best experience of my life as it made me a confident and self-reliable person. I learned about leadership, team work and project management skills while working with a multi-lingual team under the directions of Oman Road Safety Association to plan out the whole event. During the event, we not only spoke with the children about road safety but also made them participate in different activities. We took them to dummy bus and car and took their photos by making them wear seat-belts. Parents seemed equally interested and were delighted to see our interaction and ways of promoting road safety values and best practices to the children.”
Correlli vanhulten, another International volunteer, added: “Some kids were surprised when we asked them to buckle up in the dummy car, but others atomically put on their seatbelt. We hope that the kids listened to our advice and will keep their promises. Also, they hopefully have inspired their parents and told them to drive more carefully – we are taking ambitious baby steps, but have come a bit closer!”
‘Be Street Smart’ is supported by Oman Oil Company and Bank Sohar. The programme is designed to transfer knowledge and empower the youth to make a difference and pass on what they learn from us. The programme selects college and university students and young people from ORSA and AIESEC in Oman to become Road Safety Educators who are enriching the project with their own experiences and knowledge and becoming ambassadors of road safety in the Sultanate. The Educators will conduct regular workshops to train youth from selected colleges and universities in Muscat, Al Batinah North, Al Batinah South, A’Dhakhliya, A’Sharqiya North, A’Sharqiya South and Al Buraimi, with guidance and support from ORSA.
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