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An introduction to our Capacity Development Programme - new video!

An introduction to our Capacity Development Programme - new video!

We are always looking for news ways to simplify information and make it easier to capture our work. With this in mind, YOURS has just finished the production of a new video explaining the Capacity Development Programme! It takes a moment to explain our training programme and includes testimonials from our training participants. See if a training could benefit your organization.

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Brian's Column: Breaking the norm - religion & road safety in Africa

Brian's Column: Breaking the norm - religion & road safety in Africa

This month, Brian gives us the low down of African youth and road safety issues. He focuses on a poignant topic, the reflection that deaths are 'God's will' and therefore, were meant to happen. However, is that still the case if a young driver dies while he or she is drunk driving? What about if a pedestrian is hit by a speeding driver? Read Brian's take on a relgious approach that could foster road safety.

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Made a film for youth road safety? 2013 Global Film Festival is here!

Made a film for youth road safety? 2013 Global Film Festival is here!

The 2013 LASER Global Film Festival is taking place in April 2013. This year, LASER International have partnered with YOURS to launch the first ever 'Youth Category' to the festival inviting entries from around the world. Films produced by young people for young people in road safety or road safety messages targeted at young people are eligble to take part in the festiaval for FREE!

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YOURS launches the global youth involvement in Long Short Walk

YOURS launches the global youth involvement in Long Short Walk

It is a new year and a chance to kick start road safety action for the year ahead! Today, YOURS launches the global youth involvement in the Long Short Walk Campaign initaited by the Road Safety Fund and the Zenani Mandela Campaign. As YOURS, we are the youth of the world, active and passionate about road safety and this campaign offers an opportunity to show our commitment to road safety around the world! Take part!

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Obese drivers are more likely to die in road crashes - EMJ Report

Obese drivers are more likely to die in road crashes - EMJ Report

The Emergency Medical Journal, an online resource dedicated to researching breakthoughs in emergency medical care have recently reported on a study that shows drivers who are obese (those with high body mass indexes, BMI) are more likely to die in road crashes because of numerous factors; the design of the car to hold 'average' weight people, obese people's proper use of seatblets and underlying medical issues which can exacerbate crash effects.

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World Crossing Campaign of 2010 continues to inspire

World Crossing Campaign of 2010 continues to inspire

In 2010, YOURS launched its first ever global awareness campaign, the World Crossing Campaign. In this, young people from all over the world united in our video contest to show the world that young people are committed to road safety. After we chose the winner of that competition, Mr Siaka Dba of the Gambia, he ran his own road safety project with a small grant from YOURS. That project continues to inspire three years later.

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Road safety laws enacted for 1.6bn people thanks to RS10 Project

Road safety laws enacted for 1.6bn people thanks to RS10 Project

The Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS10) is a project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies spearheaded by Mayor of New York Mr Mike Bloomberg. The four year project has, since 2010 enacted concrete road safety action which means 1.6bn people have benefitted from new road safety laws enacted by the programme. These impressive results look to increase as the programme continues!

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Brian's Column: Road safety back to basics - donkeys in Somalia

Brian's Column: Road safety back to basics - donkeys in Somalia

In the high income countries, road crashes have been decreasing over the years although it remains a big cause of death across the world. In Africa, road crashes are still disproportionately high with neglected infrastructure, road safety law and enforcement and safe vehicles. In Somalia, our regular columnist Brian talks about the efforts to make the rudimentary form of transport safer; donkey carts.

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Make people a priority in growing cities - Guardian Development

Make people a priority in growing cities - Guardian Development

Many parts of Africa are under constant development; more houses, more apartment buildings, more business towers and inevitably, more roads. However, as cities grow in many low and middle-income countries, road safety is being neglected when transport is developed leading to disastrous results. Tom Bishop, Africa director for Amend writes for Guardian Development about this area of focus in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania.

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Spotlight on: Rev Magazine - a UK young drivers' mag

Spotlight on: Rev Magazine - a UK young drivers' mag

Our first spotlight of the new year focuses on an innovative young drivers' magazine based in the UK. Its designer and creator, John Billington created the magazine to intertwine young people's passion for driving and cars with safe messages. This, added to a sleek, vibrant and youthful design makes it an attractive publication. We talk to Rev magazine's creator here.

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People in low-income areas at higher risk of being involved in a crash

People in low-income areas at higher risk of being involved in a crash

According to a new study out of Mc Master Univerisity, Canada, a professor warns that poorer areas of a country are at more risk of being involved in a road crash. We already know that low and middle income countries suffer a higher rate of road crashes in the world in a macro perspective but zooming into to a nation's economy suggests similarities.

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Happy New Year from YOURS - let's make it count!

Happy New Year from YOURS - let's make it count!

So its back to work for most of us around the world which means continued efforts for road safety. We would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that is it prosperous, constructive and as groundbreaking as 2012 has been. The flame of road safety action for young people continues to burn around the world and we continue our service to the cause in the year to come!

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Road safety tips this holiday season - celebrate and stay safe!

Road safety tips this holiday season - celebrate and stay safe!

The holiday season brings Christmas tidings, family gatherings and festive celebrations all the way through to the new year. As the yuletide song goes; 'tis the season to be jolly' and young people around the world are the center of attention this season with families ticking off present lists. The winter period offers a chance for family and friends to celebrate the festive period and the end of the year but this season, we urge young people around the world to keep the festivities happy by committing to road safety by making it an embedded part of the enjoyment. Why let good times go bad?

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The power of peer education – an experience in Kenya

The power of peer education – an experience in Kenya

One of the mantras of our work at YOURS is based on the belief that young people of a similar age, background, interests and social identities can influence each other in positive ways. This approach to social health education is called ‘peer education’ and is a key proponent of our work. Read about the power of peer education in the example of Kenyan young people taking the lead in their own road safety workshops.

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Brian's Column: The ‘Zemijahn’ factor in the road safety of Benin

Brian's Column: The ‘Zemijahn’ factor in the road safety of Benin

In his regular column for YOURS, Brian draws upon his experiences across Africa and gives us his unique perspective on road safety issues in the African region. In his final article of the year, he writes about his recent experience for his visit in Benin and reflects upon some good and bad road safety practises as well as his safety tips for the holiday period.

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Texting and music put distracted pedestrians at risk - US Report

Texting and music put distracted pedestrians at risk - US Report

A report issued today by the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital indicates that pedestrians distracted by talking on the phone, texting and listening to music are less likely to pay attention to the road. The report highlighted in the journal Injury Prevention adds to growing bank of evidence that distracted pedestrians are flouting basic road safety principles.

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The Training of Facilitators in Kenya is complete! - a milestone

The Training of Facilitators in Kenya is complete! - a milestone

From 26th November - 7th December 2012 YOURS brought together a group of passionate young Kenyans in Nairobi. The two weeks of intensive road safety training commenced and the young leaders were trained on a range of local road safety issues like: speeding, non-use of helmets and distracted driving. Further topics were communication and facilitation skills, evaluation methods and overall road safety knowledge. It is with great pleasure that we announce that all participants graduated from the course

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Updates from the training of facilitators - Nairobi, Kenya

Updates from the training of facilitators - Nairobi, Kenya

After a week of road safety, peer education and facilitation theory in week one of the training of road safety facilitators in Kenya, week two is now in process to put theory into practice. The 11 facilitators from across Nairobi, who were specially selected via their respective organizations are in now in the phase of designing their own workshops to run with a group of young people tomorrow.

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Caravane Updates: Senegal - the Caravane completes its journey!

Caravane Updates: Senegal - the Caravane completes its journey!

The Caravane completed its journey across seven West African countries at the end of November reaching thousands of young Africans. The journey took place over a duration of 50 days and left Niger in October. Since then, it has been welcomed into the seven U.E.M.O.A countries who all undertook road safety action during its passing through prominent West African locations. Read about the closing ceremony of the Caravane!

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Interactive road safety workshops to train facilitators in full swing!

Interactive road safety workshops to train facilitators in full swing!

Since the Monday 26th November, the Training of Facilitators for Road Safety Workshops has tackled a whole host of road safety topics and brought our young participants into the field of facilitation to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to run their own road safety workshops. The training is now on its fourth day and the participants have engaged with great motivation and determination since its start.

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