Everybody at YOURS is incredibly excited to announce that our Capacity Development Programme can now be termed 'award winning' as the Fundación MAPFRE award us the Best Road Prevention and Safety Initiative. We are very happy to have our programme recognized and share this news with you all.
FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE has announced its 2014 Social Awards. These international prizes recognize people and institutions that have made outstanding contributions for the benefit of society. This year there were over 450 nominations. The Jury selected YOURS unique Capacity Development Programme as the Best Road Safety initiative in 2014. The Award comes with a grant of 30,000 euros. Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain will chair the Award Ceremony on the 18th of June at the prestigious Casino of Madrid.
Globally, road traffic crashes are the number one killer of young people, ahead of HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Every day more than 1000 young lives (under the age of 25 years) are lost and thousands more young people are injured on the world's roads. The numbers are not merely statistics. Behind each number are a person, a family, a friend and a story of how life can change in an instant. But there is hope. Youth want to be part of the road safety solution and claim a seat at the road safety decision-making table.
In response to this crisis, many young people set out to become road safety activists, raising awareness to those around them and advocating for the cause to their governments for more serious action. The global youth movement for road safety is gaining pace but there are still many who find road safety information inaccessible to them and there are lots more passionate individuals who need guidance in getting started.
This is precisely why YOURS developed their Capacity Development Programme. The Programme has three elements: the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit, the Youth and Road Safety Workshops and its flagship workshop, an intensive two-week Training of Facilitators. The Programme has been created by young people for young people and maximizes learning through fun and active participation.
The Capacity Development Programme introduces youth to road safety, inspires them, and equips them with the knowledge and the skills they need to take immediate action. The Programme is attractive, youth friendly and highly interactive, giving much needed attention to the global road safety threat facing young people. Workshops have been conducted all over the world including the Sultanate of Oman, Cambodia, Kenya, Niger, Italy, St.Lucia and Belize. The Programme has already reached tens of thousands of youth worldwide and continues to create ripples of road safety action the world over.
On the importance of the Award, Floor Lieshout – Director of YOURS - Youth For Road Safety said:
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