The third edition of the Junior Road Care programme was organised at the St Kizito Basic School at Nima last Friday.
The programme brought together about 800 pupils to be trained by officers of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) on measures to promote child safety on roads.
This is an annual programme organised by Applause Multimedia, with support from Vivo Energy Ghana and NRSC.
According to the organisers, the programme had become necessary in view of the fact that a number of children were killed in road accidents, hence the need to enlighten them on road safety tips.
15 basic schools
Students and pupils from 15 basic schools were selected across the Grater Accra Region for the event. They were taken through various activities such as poetry, drama, art and quiz competitions.
Eight schools participated in the quiz which had questions solely on road safety.
After three rounds of intensive brainstorming, Salvation Army B emerged the winners while Kotobabi 7 and Mamprobi Sempe 2 placed second and third respectively.
Salvation Army A won the poetry, while the drama competition was won by Kings Royal School, with Lincoln Montessori winning the art competition.
In her address, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Vivo Energy, Mrs Shirley Tony Kum, who spoke about the importance of the programme, said: “I believe road safety is a very important issue and we must all endeavour to give it the needed attention. We must make sure our children are safe on the road.”
The Planning Officer of the Greater Accra regional office of the Road Safety Commission, Mr Victor Kojo Bilson, said road safety had become necessary because Ghanaians had not collectively as a people taken issues of road safety seriously.
The Greater Accra Regional Basic Schools Coordinator, Mrs Susana Kennedy, advised head teachers to discuss with parent teacher associations to employ wardens / volunteers to aid children to cross the road during peak hours, especially in the morning and evenings.