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7,000+ Students Attend Safety Trainings Sponsored by TAP

07 December 2017

Tirana, Albania. At the end of November 2017, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the Albanian Council of Road Safety (ACRS) organised a round table to discuss the results of the programme on Safety Information, Awareness, and Training focused on the students and communities along the pipeline route in Albania. This one-year programme reached approximately 8,000 individuals, of which 7,000 were nine-year-old students.  

 

The round table brought together representatives of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, the Regional Education Directorates of Fier, Berat, Korça, Elbasan and the directors of the schools taking part in the safety programme. In addition to reviewing the initiative’s achievements, the participants discussed broader safety issues as well as the need to include safety topics in the school curricula.

The representative of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Dritan Sallaku, noted that TAP invests not only in improving school infrastructure, but also in raising student awareness on safety issues. “Boosting understanding of road safety is a necessity, because children knowing and complying with safety rules will result in raising awareness among parents as well.”

TAP Stakeholder Manager in Albania, Diana Sinojmeri, said: “Throughout almost one year, TAP and ACRS have visited more than 70 schools along our pipeline route in Albania. Informing pupils on road safety and safety in general was a very good experience for us. We’re pleased to have had the support of the Ministry of Education since the onset. Now one more step is necessary: including safety information in the Albanian school curricula.”

Participants agreed that similar safety programmes should be replicated across all schools. Namely, school should:

  • dedicate two to four extracurricular classes every month to safety topics, and  
  • implement the safety guidelines developed by the ACRS. 

The Albanian Council of Road Safety and the Ministry of Education are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, in which the parties undertake to work jointly on raising awareness on safety and improving school curricula.

For TAP, safety comes first and for this reason, TAP has undertaken information, education and awareness raising initiatives even beyond its construction sites. In November 2017, TAP initiated the road safety week raising-awareness campaign in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, the Traffic Police, and Spiecapag.

During the summer of 2017, TAP ran a radio campaign on national and local radio stations reminding drivers to avoid speeding, using mobile phones and consuming alcohol. The campaign also reinforced the importance of wearing seatbelts.

 

The Community Safety Information, Awareness Raising and Training Programme

Facts and figures

  • 5 workshops organised with teachers from 70 schools.
  • 1,232 training hours with 154 teachers.
  • 22,986 training hours organised on road safety with 7,762 pupils from 70 schools along the pipeline transport corridor.
  • Safety corners installed in the schools included in the programme, with information on road safety and safety in general and equipped with first aid kits.
  • 1,000 artworks on safety topics (drawings, essays) prepared by trained students.
  • 700 individuals from 18 communities participated in road safety trainings.
  • 82 employees from 8 health centres (Fier, Berat, Lushnje, Pogradec, Elbasan, Librazhd, Korça, Ura Vajgurore) trained on first aid. 
  • 2,000 information leaflets on safety disseminated to the communities of the 11 municipalities along the TAP project corridor.
  • 16,000 safety leaflets disseminated in schools.