Young leaders complete FIA Foundation Scholarship Programme

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The Scholars visit Kent Police
The Scholars visit Kent Police
Saul Billingsley, FIA Foundation Director General, speaks at the award ceremony at the House of Lords
Saul Billingsley, FIA Foundation Director General, speaks at the award ceremony at the House of Lords
HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Saul Billingsley and Lord Mackenzie of Luton award a Certificate of Appreciation to Kent County Council
HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Saul Billingsley and Lord Mackenzie of Luton award a Certificate of Appreciation to Kent County Council
Tim Keown, FIA Foundation Chairman (left) and HRH Prince Michael of Kent (right) award Chiedza Mavangere the Zenani Mandela Scholarship for Road Safety certificate
Tim Keown, FIA Foundation Chairman (left) and HRH Prince Michael of Kent (right) award Chiedza Mavangere the Zenani Mandela Scholarship for Road Safety certificate

Thirteen leading young professionals working on road safety in major organisations and from countries around the world have completed the FIA Foundation’s 2014 Scholarship Programme. They were selected from Argentina, South Africa, China, Portugal, Moldova, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Poland, Italy, Guyana, Uruguay and Laos.

From 15-27 June the scholars followed an intensive programme delivered and facilitated by experts in the field of road safety. A wide range of subjects were covered in a comprehensive programme which focused on the five pillars of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

During the first week the scholars were given an overview of the global road safety situation and were able to share and exchange issues and best practices from their own countries. Topics also included in this year’s programme were education and awareness campaigns with a focus on reaching out to rural areas and media engagement.

The following week the scholars were able to see how road safety is implemented in the UK at the local level. A visit to Kent and Medway Casualty Reduction Group was organised by Kent County Council where they learnt from practical experience on a range of issues including: managing relationships with the media, post-crash care, education and engagement with younger children, and national driver education programmes.

For the duration of the programme the scholars were also required to complete a practical exercise of devising a national road safety strategy which was presented at the end of the programme.

The 2014 Scholarship Programme concluded with an award ceremony at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Mackenzie of Luton, President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Each scholar was presented with a certificate of participation by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, patron of the Make Roads Safe Campaign and of the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards.

The 2014 scholars have returned to their home countries equipped with in-depth knowledge, new ideas and practical experience that they can implement in their own countries to take forward the Decade of Action for Global Road Safety. Additional information can be found at the FIA Foundation Scholarship Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/FIAFScholarship