10 projects for safer school streets launch with FIA School Assessment Programme grants

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SR4S is already transforming journeys to school around the world.
SR4S is already transforming journeys to school around the world.
Changes bring every school zone up to at least a 3 star standard.
Changes bring every school zone up to at least a 3 star standard.

The awardees of the 2021 FIA School Assessment Programme grants (part of the Transformation grants), supported by the FIA Foundation, have been announced by FIA Mobility.

Almost 250,000€ is to be provided to ten autoclubs world-wide to support activity to protect children and young people, particularly on their journeys to school. The FIA School Assessment Programme is delivered with the support and expertise of the Star Ratings for School Assessment Programme (SR4S) developed by long-term FIA Foundation partner, iRAP. SR4S is an evidence-based tool for measuring, managing and communicating the risk children are exposed to on their daily journey to school. It supports quick interventions that save lives and prevent serious injuries from day one.

Some of the clubs will also complement their school assessment projects by using the tool developed by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) designed to be the first simple step in assessing the safety of road user behaviour in a school zone. Data collection can be completed easily on a phone or tablet with internet access, in real time and can be shared with stakeholders such as school staff, road safety advocates and local government.

The 10 FIA clubs will be working in-country to support safe streets with a range of interventions and programmes in: Croatia by HAK: Tanzania by AAT; Nigeria by ATCN; Zambia by ZMSA; Uruguay by ACU; Uganda by FMU; Moldova by ACM; Colombia by AAC; Panama by ASAI; and a Georgia based project with FIA Foundation Partner EASST.

Aggie Krasnolucka, Programmes Manager for the FIA Foundation, said: "The journey to school is full of risks – injury on the roads is the leading cause of death for children over the age of five. The FIA Road Safety grants are supporting the vital work of auto clubs making real, deliverable and replicable change on the ground."

Rafaela Machado, Star Rating for Schools Global Coordinator, said: "iRAP is delighted to partner with FIA and FIA Foundation to help clubs deliver 5-star school journeys. Clubs now have the opportunity to implement life-saving infrastructure and showcase successful interventions and their impact for children walking to school."

Aleksandra Golovliova, Policy and Campaigns Officer, added: "Everyone should have the right to a safe journey to school. In collaboration with iRap and FIA Foundation, the FIA is pleased to support its members in implementing focused actions on the ground that contribute to improving children safety daily. The School Assessment Programme enables Clubs to advocate for the infrastructure and behavioural improvements that will save children’s lives worldwide."