UN receives thousands of #SaveTheKidsLives declarations

23 May 2015 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) – The United Nations (UN) Friday received 50 000 declarations signed by children and community members across Namibia for the inclusion of Road Safety in the next UN Development Goals in the capital.
About 5 000 primary and secondary pupils from schools in Windhoek filled the 10 300 capacity Sam Nujoma Stadium to witness the handing over of the #SaveTheKidsLives declarations.
The #SaveTheKidsLives hashtag and campaign was launched in Windhoek 02 April 2015 with the aim to highlight the plight of children on the world’s and Namibian roads, and request action ensure their safety. During his opening remarks, Deputy speaker of the Children’s Parliament, Shaandre Finnies said the initial plan was to hand over a declaration with 10 000 signatures but stakeholders decided to increase the target.
“These declarations will be handed over to the UN representatives to Namibia, to which we as young people call them to action,” he noted.
Disclosing statistics to highlight the plight in Namibia, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA)’s Chief of Corporate Affairs Kapena Tjombonde said: “From January to April this year, Namibia lost 226 people compared to 215 people the same time last year. In May alone we lost 18 lives. It means one person per day lost on our national roads.
“In 2014 we lost 117 children below the age of 21, these are children whose dreams were cut short,” she added.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperations, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah accepted the patronage of the #SaveTheKidsLives campaign.
The Private Sector Road Safety Forum in partnership with the Automobile Association of Namibia, the Media Institute of Southern Africa, the Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association, MVA, National Road Safety Council and other stakeholders formed a National #SaveTheKidsLives Organising Committee and collected the declarations across the country after reacting to a call by the UN.