Programme activities in Jamaica include in-depth review of gaps in policies and legislation, public education campaign for strengthening institutional frameworks on road safety, advocacy for Jamaica signing the UN conventions on Road Safety, and infrastructure safety improvements to streets in demonstration school areas. In , people died due to crashes on Jamaican roads and so far in more than 50 people have already lost their lives on the roads.
Child pedestrians represent the most vulnerable group of road users. This is compounded by lack of safe infrastructure, including footpaths for children, which are critical to ensuring safety of children on roads. The Foundation is supporting UNICEF led-programmes in nine countries around the world which focuses, on three aims: a improving safe routes to school for child pedestrian safety; b enforcing motorcycle helmet use for children in contexts where motorcycles are the main means of family transportation, and c strengthening the implementation of policies on safe school transportation.
Similarly, iRAP, with its internationally recognised measure of risk on roads, has recently launched the Star Rating for Schools app, which combines an easy-to-use web application to assess road risks around schools. AMEND and IRAP shared practical knowledge on how to design, implement and conduct impact assessments of infrastructural measures to address specific risks around schools.
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The workshop also involved hands-on road infrastructure assessment around Denham Town and Hazard primary schools. A significant highlight of the programme was the sharing of experiences between partners working in Low and Middle Income Countries. Speaking about the workshop, Jeffrey Witte, Executive Director at AMEND said, "For us at Amend, it is a special pleasure to be able to take work that was developed in sub-Saharan Africa elsewhere in the world and see the benefits it can have in other regions. Development isn't a one way street.
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The workshop has helped the UNICEF programme team gather the evidence for selecting high risk schools which will receive road safety interventions including implementing infrastructural measures to address identified risks. Here is what we expected from our holidays in Jamaica and what we experienced instead. When we decided to go to Jamaica, we wanted holidays to relax, be together and enjoy some sun it was in January.
It was also the first time I was going to a developing country and there were a few things we were not quite ready for. The thing is I have never been so good at understanding new accents though, whether it is new people or foreign accents. And Jamaican accent was no exception. As soon as we got there, I was hardly able to understand people and it broke my self-confidence a bit. Luckily for me, Simon took care of all the talking for the both of us the whole time. This was probably our biggest surprise in Jamaica.
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It was my first time in a country where the culture is so different so I was very excited to learn about life and customs there. I was looking forward to have real conversations and sharing experience with locals. But we quickly realised that we were not much more to them than walking wallets.
We were basically the only tourists in the neighbourhood so people would recognise us even more easily in the street. We were not able to take a walk by ourselves without some locals insistently trying to get us to go to their shop. We ended up not feeling so safe and we would even make sure we were back at the guesthouse when it gets dark, by 6pm.
Our relationship with locals was limited to chatting with our lovely host. I just love wandering in the streets of a new city.
John would come to us every day until we finally went to his stand on the market. We bought coffee and jewellery as gifts for people back home and actually spent all the cash we had on us.
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When he understood we had no cash left , he stopped smiling and being nice, we were not interesting to him anymore. Since we were on holidays, our main goal was to relax.
We were looking forward to discovering the quaint and beautiful beaches and we thought we would gladly go to the public ones. It turns out we were completely discouraged when we saw that we were the attraction in every public places. We were eventually happy to pay to access a nonetheless wonderful private beach and be with other tourists to know we would be able to relax for sure.
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Before the trip, I had come up with a list of things to do and see. But we were discouraged by a very insistent local who wanted to take us there. He even followed us to our guesthouse, calling us from behind the gate to take us to there. The other thing that prevented us from doing a lot was the weather.