REGENT ACTIVELY BRINGING ROAD EDUCATION TO LIFE
REGENT & ACTIVE ED SCHOLAR PATROL
We started our journey in 2014 with a simple scholar patrol roll-out in schools. The main aim of this project was to educate young people around proper road usage as pedestrians. From October to November 2014 we embarked on a road trip which started in Johannesburg. Our team visited 100 schools in Harrismith, Warden, Pietermaritzburg, Stanger, Jozini, Pongola and ending in Ermelo. 63 294 learners were reached with the road safety roadshow that the team performed at each school.
In February 2015 the Regent team left to make a difference in the North West Province, reaching towns like Lichtenberg, Zeerust and Wolmaransstad. In total another 53 schools were reached and a further 27 398 learners were reached with the roadshow. As of end of May 2015, the Regent Scholar Patrol initiative has reached 170 000 learners and 200 schools. Yet, we realise the great need for education around road safety.
3 children under the age of 15 die on our roads daily. According to the Safety and Security Directorate within the Department of Basic Education, with approximately 13 800 road deaths per annum, sadly, South Africa has one of the highest incidents of road fatalities in the world. According to Active Ed, the lack of resources to tackle road safety concerns by the Department of Basic Education gives us a dire outlook. Yet, there is hope to turn the situation around. Along with Active Education, Regent Insurance is taking action to educate as many children (200 000 in over 240 schools in 2016) as possible about road safety through an engaging country-wide road show.
Active Education has significant experience in coaching and developing children in sport that spans a couple of decades making them the ultimate partner for this initiative. But why Scholar Patrol? This is a direct response to dealing with South Africa’s poor road safety performance, hence, this is a direct, tangible means for Regent to be closely involved with a programme that has great relevance to its business.
CEO of Active Education, Bruce, enthuses that “schools don’t get involved with scholar patrol anymore. The wonderful thing about this program is that we have seen a great reduction in child pedestrian road incidents which has a direct correlation to the scholar patrol programme in the schools.”
Bruce notes that scholar patrol is significant because it teaches children responsible “pedestrianship,” road etiquette and respect for themselves, others and other vehicles in the foundation phase of their learning.
Regent’s strong support of this initiative is indicative of our undertaking to serve all communities through developing the children who are the community leaders of tomorrow. Already, the initiative is exceeding the goal of reaching 200 000 learners in 2016. By September 2016, over 396 000 learners in 400 schools will have been reached. Both advantaged and previously disadvantaged schools are targeted. Regent will introduce learners to road safety through a thrilling road safety roadshow.
The roadshow includes:
- Painting and refurbishing existing zebra crossings.
- Supplying reflective bibs and caps for the scholar patrol recruits.
- Supplying signage for the scholar patrol to use.
“We are proud of this initiative because it takes us to the heart of the communities we serve,” says Besa Ruele, the Media Spokesperson for Regent Life. Besa furthers that it “awards us (Regent) the opportunity to protect our country’s most valuable asset, our children.” Visiting one of the schools in which this programme is active, not only demonstrates the efficacy of the educational aspect of the programme, but there is a true sense of pride not only from the learners, but the teachers as well. There is a genuine commitment one cannot put a price to.
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