Training with young humanitarians from Port Elizabeth kicks off in July

Training with young humanitarians from Port Elizabeth kicks off in July

From 15-19th July 2019, we will be joining partners in Eastern Cape of South Africa to deliver an empowerment training with young humanitarians in Port Elizabeth. 15 young people, selected from the South African Red Cross Society will be trained as Young Ambassadors in the region who will go on to run workshops and campaigns with university students and the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.

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The project is a follow on from the 2 year programme run with Young South Ambassadors in the Limpopo District. This year, the project extends to Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape of the country. The programme is a joint initiative of the Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa (GRSP ZA), The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS), The South Africa Department for Transport, YOURS and funded by the Michelin Corporate Foundation.

South Africa approached SARCS National Office with the concept of introducing a road safety project partnership with the Red Cross. It was recommended by National Office that the project be implemented in the Eastern Cape Province, particularly in Port Elizabeth.

b nelson mandela universityIt was decided that the project would be based at the Nelson Mandela University campus and members of the NMU’s Red Cross chapter would be trained as Road Safety Ambassadors to implement awareness and support campaigns to increase road safety awareness.

15 Road Safety Ambassadors, under the leadership of the Red Cross EC Provincial Youth Coordinator, Mr S Veto will be required to conduct campaigns as well as provide support group structures to new drivers as well as those applying for driver’s licenses.

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15 Ambassadors from the South African Red Cross Society will join the training.

The training kicking off next month on the 15th July has the following objectives:

By the end of the training, Ambassadors will be able to:

  1. Explain the road safety crisis facing young people globally and in their country and describe what factors put youth at risk.
  2. Identify the key risk factors in road safety; distracted driving, drink and drug driving and seatbelts.
  3. Demonstrate methods of influencing young people to develop a road safety culture in their communities; through peer education and campaigning..
  4. Develop the essential skills to be a strong road safety ambassador; presentation skills, communication skills, creative messaging and action planning.

See a video from our First Youth Ambassadors training in South Africa:


The group will focus on a range of topics through an interactive, brainfriendy and dynamic training. Topics to be covered include:

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  1. Scope of the Road Safety Problem: In the world and South Africa
  2. Youth and Road Traffic Injuries
  3. Distracted Driving
  4. Drink and Drug Driving
  5. Non-Use of Seatbelts

Skills Based Training:

  1. Facilitation Skills
  2. Presentation Skills
  3. Peer Education
  4. Communication Skills
  5. Spreading a Road Safety Message
  6. Action Planning

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