Road safety curriculum for Africa

Deliverable D6.1 of the H2020 project SaferAfrica. European Commission, Brussels
Vieira Gomes, S.; Kluppels, L.; Schermers, G.

The specific aims of WP6 was to identify training needs and to develop capacity building programs on road safety in African countries. This deliverable will formulate the major issues for developing a curriculum for road safety experts in Africa.

On the one hand, the available knowledge and education in Europe (but also worldwide) was gathered. On the other hand, the same was done for Africa and also the different needs and training issues were analysed.

Although we could not get information from each country or every existing high level educational institutes, there was enough material to make some analysis and conclusions.
Not in every African country, high level education for different professionals (engineers, economics, …) includes a specific road safety module. Only at a few universities (South-Africa, Morocco, Ghana and Kenia) the curriculum for civil engineers includes a road safety module. Some institutions provide such a module as a post graduate training. A lot of African experts followed courses provided by international universities (Delft, Hasselt, …), or organized by companies working in Africa (Renault, FedEx,…). Worldwide a lot of E-learning modules are available.
The deliverable gives an overview of the courses for Low and Middle Income countries (LMIC) and the different E-learning courses for professionals in English, French and Portuguese.

To get a clear view on the educational needs, we developed a questionnaire (see annex 3). Unfortunately, the response was very low. Additional we made a limited literature review on the specific road safety issues in African countries. Both sources provide us with a good insight in the needs for education and training, as well as concerning the content as concerning some structural conditions. Most surprising was the finding that E-learning modules were more preferred than the development of classroom courses.

Finally, this leads us to the development of a two level curriculum. A first level which provides a general introduction courses on the basic issues of road safety, taking into account the five pillars, defined by the WHO (WHO, 2011). These level exists of 6 modules that must be followed in its whole. Each modules consists of several sessions.
The level-2 course can be seen as a kind of specialization in one or more topics. People can chose which module they will follow. For each pillar, there is one module with several sessions defined. In the future other modules can be added. People can only follow the level-2 course, if they have succeed in the level-1 course.

Courses are offered on a E-learning platform and can be either followed on an individual basis, or as an embedded learning tool in an existing education.

The details of the modules (objectives, content, target group, ..) will be described in the manuals delivered for the training of the trainers in the next deliverable (D6.2 en D6.3).

SaferAfrica has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724029

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European Commission, Brussels


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