As learners go back to school in South Africa, Imperial Logistics has brought back its road safety programme called Be safe. Be smart. The programme champions road safety education at the high school level with the aim of educating South Africa’s youth about responsible behaviour.
Prior to schools closing, Imperial Logistics started driving health education as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Be safe.Be smart provides easy-to-understand healthcare education and includes the installation of sanitiser stations and posters at the schools.
The outreach includes education in the form of a simple but catchy song and enables learners to understand and retain the fundamentals of these aspects in a memorable way, as well as being able to share this information back home with their family and friends.
“We have already reached 43 schools and interacted with 302 classes. With travel restrictions lifting we are now able to extend this reach beyond Gauteng to the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces – extending our help to teachers and learners as they navigate this new and challenging environment,” said Mohammed Akoojee, Imperial Group CEO.
The programme promotes efficient hygiene measures and precautions in schools by encouraging and educating learners to wash and sanitise hands frequently, to use protective face masks at all times, avoid touching their eyes, mouth, or nose with unwashed hands and practising cough and sneeze etiquette – as well as social distancing.
“As a business that provides essential goods and services, we felt it critical to influence better health and wellness management to one of the most vulnerable groups in our society – our children. This has meant supporting underprivileged schools with education and by providing access to sanitisation – both crucial to curbing the spread of this disease,” said Akoojee.
To date, Imperial has distributed 1,075 litres of sanitiser, 430 dispenser units, 430 posters and visited 8,779 learners through the initiative.