MVA aims reviving the scholar patrol

12 Jan 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JAN (NAMPA) - The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) on Wednesday embarked on the ‘Safe Journey to School’ campaign at selected schools in the Khomas Region.
MVA Manager: Public Education, Eliphas Rukambe told Nampa Wednesday the program is part of the Fund’s joint Festive Season Road Safety Campaign that aims to ensure the safety of children on the roads through educating drivers and public at large.
The MVA had marshals at various schools around Windhoek to sensitize teachers, learners and parents about the importance of road safety, particularly when in a pedestrian dense area.
Rukambe said the fatality of pedestrians could be addressed if learners, teachers and parents are educated about the risks faced when crossing the road at an undesignated point.
“The campaign is important for schools as we all know that kids can cross the roads at any point, so we are trying to avoid jay walking and ensure the safety of the children.”
He said the MVA visited schools nationwide, starting in Khomas Region to set up scholar patrols for the educational institutions to be self-sufficient.
He said there is a need to revive the idea of scholar patrols, something only some schools employ in Namibia.
Statistics provided by the MVA on Thursday indicate, 25 pedestrian fatalities under the age of 21-years were recorded on Namibian roads between 2013 and 2015.