As part of our Clean and Safe Supply Chains’ focus area, we are working to promote road safety among schoolchildren in Latin America.
(Programme concluded and no longer supported by the Trafigura Foundation)
Road traffic injuries will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030, and the risk is particularly acute in developing countries. Children are among the most affected. In South America’s fast-growing cities, they risk their lives every morning by simply going to school.
Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez operates in Latin America to reduce road traffic accidents and promote children´s safety on their journeys to and from school. The Trafigura Foundation is backing the organisation’s three-year project “Latin-American Children Safe in Traffic”, which provides a voice for the needs and rights of children within transportation and urban mobility policymaking.
The programme focuses on applied research supporting the improvement of child safety around schools, advocates to set this topic as a priority in the public policy agenda and raises decision-makers’ awareness about the importance of building safe infrastructures and behaviours.
Initiatives for 2019 included ‘I Travel Safely’ workshops, which teach schoolchildren through play and recreation about traffic signs and road safety. The workshops were delivered in 54 schools and attended by over 15,600 students. Furthermore, thanks to Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez, 10 schools in Uruguay and 75 in Argentina improved their infrastructures to the benefit of more than 30,000 schoolchildren.