Muscat: Reflecting on the increased risk of road accidents among the youth, the Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA) has partnered with Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences; AIESEC), a global youth network in Oman, to spread road safety awareness and to better engage with the public.
Shaima Al Lawati commented, "Age, inexperience, and gender are the three main factors that put the youth at an increased risk of road traffic crashes worldwide. Through this partnership with the AIESEC, ORSA is planning to build capacity among the youth in the road safety field by making relevant road safety training and awareness programmes more accessible. These initiatives will support the development of the general public and encourage the youth to engage and play a greater role in transferring road safety knowledge to peers and friends. The Road Safety Awareness Programme will assist in bearing the required message to other sectors through friends, colleagues, parents, siblings and senior citizens."
Nadeem Ahmed, manager of AIESEC Oman, stated, "We have started communicating with the youth from different colleges in Oman and globally. The combination of local and international young people from local and international universities and colleges will surely add a special flavour to the whole awareness programme.
"These young people will share and exchange their experience and knowledge, which will enrich this project. They will be volunteers dedicated to carrying out regular workshops on road safety awareness under ORSA's guidance and will follow up on the results."