Unveiling UNIFIL’s ‘Road Safety’ poster

School children singing during a road Safety event organized by UNIFIL at Qana's Public School.

School children during the 'Road Safety' event at Qana's Public School organized by UNIFIL.

Road Safety drawings made by the students during event at Qana's public school.

Lena Gebran and UNIFIL officials delivering gifts to the kids with drawings selected for the Road Safety campaign.

Zahraa Chahine from Tyre Public School in front of her drawing selected for the Road Safety campaign.

UNIFIL's Malaysian peacekeepers performing a traditional dance during the Road Safety event.

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7 May 2014

Unveiling UNIFIL’s ‘Road Safety’ poster

In the context of the United Nations Global Road Safety Week (23-29 April), UNIFIL on 6 May organised a ceremony at the Qana Public Intermediate School in collaboration with 'Kunhadi', a Lebanese NGO dedicated to promoting road safety awareness. Young students from schools of south Lebanon joined the event to unveil UNIFIL's 'Road Safety' poster depicting sketches by school children that participated in a road safety and traffic awareness campaign conducted by UNIFIL and Kunhadi.

The campaign, aimed at imparting knowledge, skills and the right attitude to become safe road users, commenced in January 2013 and has so far covered more than 2,000 students from 14 schools across south Lebanon. The traffic safety training involved indoor sessions and practical outdoor exercises on the potential dangers and risks on the road, helping foster safe and responsible traffic practices from an early age.

In her message on the occasion, Mrs. Lena Gebran, representing Kunhadi, thanked UNIFIL for the continuous combined efforts to successfully implement driving rules and their impact on school students in the South. Afterwards Mrs. Gebran interacted with the school students to stress some important rules that people should abide by while driving and being in cars.

Equipped with their new learning, the participating children were invited to a sketching competition to depict their vision of road safety and further spread the message among friends, neighbours and the community. Nine sketches were selected to feature on UNIFIL's 'Road Safety' poster to be disseminated among local communities as well as UNIFIL personnel.

Along with Mrs. Lena Gebran, major authorities attended the ceremony, including a delegation of Qana municipality headed by the Mayor, Dr. Salah Saleme, representative of Ministry of Education, the Principal of Qana Public School, Mr. Salah Shalhoub, commanders of UNIFIL Malbatt, Carabinieri, Tanzanian MP, UNIFIL Transport Unit, Civil Affairs and representatives of principals of Hanaway Public School and Tyre Public School for girls.