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Vietnam's Model School Zone Project

The School

School Name: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Primary School
City: Dong Nai Province
Number of Students: 615

The Issue

A high percentage of the 615 students at Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Primary School walk to school every day. These students come from some of the poorest families in the area, and more than 16 percent have been hit by motor vehicles while walking near the school. Major challenges the children face during their travel include a lack of safe sidewalks and crosswalks and an exposed drainage channel that forces them to walk along a road with high traffic volume.

The Project

To tackle the challenges these students are facing, Safe Kids Vietnam will install warning traffic lights, cover 248 meters of the drainage tunnel and build a new sidewalk.

Where We Are

Vietnam Model School Zone Project Progress


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Oct. 25, 2012 - We completed all interventions, including environmental modifications, education for children and parents, distribution of 600 reflective jackets to students, and encouraging traffic police and security officers to remind drivers about safer behaviors. Education for children and involvement from traffic police will continue through the end of the year. We will begin the last phase of the project in December.

July 23, 2012 - We have finalized the implementation plan for installing rumble strips, crosswalks, speed limit signs, traffic lights, and design layout for a new sidewalk. We will implement these interventions in the next several weeks.

May 9, 2012 - We worked in partnership with the Traffic Safety Committee, the Department of Transportation, volunteers and other community members to complete Phase I of the project. This included conduc