The central province of Quang Nam is the 26th locality to take part in the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundations road safety programme of Helmets for Kids, which began in 2000.

High-quality helmet donations and road-safety education are part of the programme.

The AIP Foundation organised a kick-off ceremony in the province on March 17. At the ceremony, 2,987 students and teachers at five primary schools in the province were gifted helmets.

Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation, said: "We have seen improved road-safety knowledge and behaviour among students, resulting in lives saved from the use of helmets."

This year, the programme aims to present helmets to around 9,100 students and teachers at 44 schools in four provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Nam and Dong Nai.

The selected schools are located in four of 15 major provinces implementing the National Child Helmet Action Plan, which aims to reach 80 percent child helmet-wearing rates by 2016, Sidik said.

The programme is carried out under cooperation with the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Ministry of Education and Training with sponsorship of Johnson & Johnson.-VNA