Summary

Road safety among young people is a key concern for the Belize Government. An education project was conceived to change attitudes and give children the knowledge to make safer decisions on the road.

36.8% proportion of population under 15 years
1,900 miles
total Belize road network
325000
Belize population

The challenge

Despite recent reductions, the number of road fatalities per 100,000 population in Belize remains high at 16.4, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Children under the age of 15 years account for 20% of all road fatalities in the country. The Government is committed to developing formal road safety education to support the objectives of the newly established National Road Safety Committee.

Our approach

TRL has helped create a focus on road safety in the existing curricula for early childhood education, Primary and Secondary education and teacher education. We’ve developed learning resources using the latest educational theory to deliver of a road safety curriculum in schools. We have engaged stakeholders throughout the education system and worked within the existing curricula framework and National Education Goals.

The results

This project introduces the concept of road safety into the education system, building children’s awareness and providing teachers with opportunities to integrate road safety learning into existing content standards, themes and topics. The new road safety curriculum, resources and toolkit exploit a range of interactive and practical learning strategies.

Changing attitudes and perceptions will be measured.

“This education programme will help save young people’s lives on the road.”

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