Ho Chi Minh City students have fun learning at road safety festival

By Minh Hung, Thanh Nien News

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Students at Truong Dinh Primary School playing a game as part of many activities to raise their awareness of wearing helmets while driving motorbikes. Photo: Minh Hung Students at Truong Dinh Primary School playing a game as part of many activities to raise their awareness of wearing helmets while driving motorbikes. Photo: Minh Hung

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Nearly 900 students at Ho Chi Minh City’s Truong Dinh Primary School participated in many activities aimed to improve awareness of traffic safety on Tuesday.
The “Children Have Fun with Road Safety” Festival included road safety activity booths, on-stage games, performances, and helmet-wearing demonstrations.
It is part of the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation’s Helmets for Families program, supported by the global healthcare company Abbott and in partnership with the National Traffic Safety Committee, Ministry of Education and Training, and local traffic authorities, to encourage the use of quality helmets among students and their parents.
Loi, a student from Truong Dinh Primary School, said he really enjoyed the festival.
“I got to go on stage and showed my friends how to wear a helmet correctly,” he said. 
“It was a lot of fun and I’m really glad the festival came to my school. I learned a lot about helmet use and had fun learning it.”
Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation said similar extracurricular activities will be held at schools in both Ho Chi Minh City and Tra Vinh Province through March.
“Today’s event serves as a powerful reminder to students to wear their helmets throughout the school year. We believe that road safety education does not need to be dull, and today’s festivities are proof,” she said.
Under the Helmets for Families program, helmets have been donated to students at the beginning of the school year. Parents can also trade their substandard helmets for higher quality, certified ones at subsidized costs.
These helmet exchanges will last until all allocated helmets, about 2,600, have found new owners, according to AIP Foundation. 

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