Within the week from 21 to 27 May the Global Week of Action of Child Health Initiative is held (https://www.childhealthinitiative.org/). In the framework of the Global Week of Action the political high-level events at the World Health Assembly of the United Nations in New-York and at the summit of the International Transport Forum in Leipzig take place. The purpose of these events is to encourage world leaders to take action on the fight against child mortality and traumatism on the road. To highlight this requirement, the Child Health Initiative encourages road safety organizations around the world to join the Global Week of Action by undertaking activities in kindergartens and schools.
In the framework of the Global Week of Action, BKA implemented a mini-project “#ThisIsMyStreet”, aimed at attracting the attention of the general public to the creation of the necessary conditions to ensure safe journey of children to the place of their study.
Before the Global Week of Action BKA selected 7 schools and 7 kindergartens in different districts of Minsk (in total 14 educational institutions) which had the most unsafe in terms of road safety environment for the children. BKA asked the children of these educational institutions to prepare a drawing under the title “#ThisIsMyStreet” in which they could depict the problems and dangers which they faced on their way to the kindergarten or school and what could be done to make their journey safer. The best children’s works were printed in the form of large banners.
Afterwards BKA visited the educational institutions to place the banners with the image of the children’s drawings on the fences and walls of the schools and kindergartens. BKA also took advantage of these visits to remind children about the basic road safety rules in an interesting game form. At the end of the events in the kindergartens and schools the children received thank-you gifts for their active participation in the drawing contest.
It should be noted that within the framework of the Global Week of Action, BKA visited the secondary boarding school №11 for children with disabilities, as ensuring the safety of children with disabilities as the most vulnerable road users is a priority for the organization.