Children and young people are at substantial risk on our Indian roads. WHO’s interpretation at 4th Global Meeting for Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety states that Road trauma is the leading cause of death and is the second most frequent cause of hospitalisation among children in India. We all need to learn to use the road sensibly. There is evidence that children start learning about the road system from a very early age and that this can lead to safer behaviours in later life. Road safety education plays an imperative role in influencing the attitudes and behaviour s of children and young people – ensuring that they become responsible drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
SAPROS (Student Advocacy Programme on Road Safety) is a product of IFROS that seeks solutions to Road Safety Education and convoy transport issues through collaboration. It includes Government organizations, Non-government organisations, United Nation agencies, academic institutions, donors, and corporate partners.
SAPROS plays an important role in supporting IFROS’ road safety strategy. The aim of IFROS road safety education is to reduce the risk of injury and death to children and young people from road trauma and to lay the foundations for safe road use throughout life. The delivery of road safety education in India shall be assuredly accomplished if it is supported by the Central and State Governments, NGOs, Educational Consultants, Corporates and Financial Institutions.
SAPROS is the program of educational activities around road safety that should be provided to children and young people in formal and community education settings – early childhood services, primary and secondary schools. SAPROS also encourages and supports the role that parents and carers need to play in helping their children to be safe in traffic and to learn about road safety.
SAPROS seeks to develop the behaviours and attitudes for safe road use relevant to the development of children and young people as passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and as novice drivers. To be effective, SAPROS is evidence-based and match the child/young person’s stage of development and level of independence as a road user.