Our kids deserve at least 3-star or better journeys to school
WE ALL WANT THE BEST FOR OUR KIDS …
But every day children are dying or being seriously injured in road crashes as they get to and from their place of education. Sometimes they are killed just yards from the school entrance.
We can’t allow these tragedies to continue. Each death and each injury violates a child’s right to an education.
This is why Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) Global App has been developed. It’s the first ever systematic evidence-based approach for analysing the risk in roads around schools. This easy-to-use universal application is a low-cost way to support quick interventions that start saving lives and preventing serious injuries from day one.
The United Nations has included road safety in its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.6, calling for road deaths and serious injuries to be halved by 2020. SR4S is key to meeting these global targets for child and adolescent pedestrians. It provides all communities worldwide with access to an evidence-base tool to assess and rate safety on the roads surrounding schools and inform interventions to save lives. It also enables global leaders, donors, NGOs and governments to measure success improving safety for this most vulnerable group.
Our vision is of a world where all children travel safely to and from school. In the coming months we will be sharing the stages of our journey towards realising this vision.
“There is nothing more fearful for a FedEx Courier than a child darting out in front of your truck”
DAVID J. BRONCZEK, PRESIDENT AND COO, FEDEX CORPORATION.
LEARN MORE ABOUT STAR RATING FOR SCHOOLS
Star Rating for Schools combines an easy-to-use School Assessment Android tablet app and a Global Reporting for Schools web application. These applications work together to harness the power of the iRAP Star Ratings to measure the risk children are exposed to on their journey to school.
The iRAP Star ratings are an internationally recognised measure of risk on roads, with the least safe roads rated as 1-star and the safest as 5-star. Star Rating for Schools utilises the pedestrian component of Star Ratings to provide a measure of the contribution of road design to the risk of each pedestrian.
It’s easy to train people to use the School Assessment Android tablet app. The app can deliver a quick and easy measurement of safety at the site and can point towards potential treatment options.
Star Rating for Schools has only been made possible through the generous sponsorship from FedEx and iRAP, and support from the FIA Foundation, the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility and the Road Safety Fund.
Organisations including SafeKids Worldwide, and Child Safe, Johnson&Johnson, IVECO, WorleyParsons and City of Cape Town in South Africa have provided support for the initial providing of the approach