Empowering Futures: Africa and School/Street Projects

Curator's Note

In several African Countries, Sesame Workshop creates projects and videography that build community. For example, South Africa and Kenya have projects that show empathy and cultures of compassion while teaching children and communities to cooperate with authorities in distributing care and goods. In this vein, as a director of a Ugandan youth development program: I note what elements help us design a safer school and street globally.

The Ideal Children School Street Project aims to create a safe and vibrant space for children to commute to school, fostering a sense of community, promoting physical activity, and ensuring a secure environment for learning.


1. **Traffic Calming Measures:**

   Implement traffic calming measures, such as speed bumps and designated crosswalks, to ensure the safety of children walking or cycling to school.

2. **Pedestrian Zones:**

   Designate certain areas around schools as pedestrian zones during peak hours, encouraging a safe and car-free space for children to navigate.

3. **Community Engagement:**

   Involve parents, teachers, and local community members in the planning and execution process to build a sense of ownership and ensure the project aligns with the community's needs.

4. **Green Spaces and Play Areas:**

   Integrate green spaces and play areas along the school streets, encouraging physical activity and providing a positive environment for social interactions.

5. **Educational Signage:**

   Install educational signage along the school streets to raise awareness about the importance of road safety and the benefits of an active lifestyle.

6. **Student Patrols:**

   Establish student patrol groups, consisting of responsible older students, to assist younger children in crossing streets safely and promote a culture of responsibility and leadership.

7. **Public Transportation Alternatives:**

   Collaborate with local transportation authorities to enhance public transportation options, reducing the reliance on private vehicles for school transportation.

8. **Monitoring and Evaluation:**

   Regularly assess the impact of the project through surveys, traffic data analysis, and feedback from the community to make necessary adjustments and improvements.

9. **Safety Workshops:**

   Conduct workshops for children, parents, and teachers on road safety, including proper pedestrian behavior, bicycle safety, and the importance of using designated crosswalks.

10. **Cultural Events:**

    Organize cultural events and celebrations on school streets, fostering a sense of community and making the space more enjoyable for everyone.

Through Ideal Children School/Street Projects, communities can envision safer, healthier, and more connected communities where children can thrive and learn in an environment conducive to their overall well-being.

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