Alliance members pilot iRAP Star Rating for Schools

The Alliance is one of iRAP’s Lead Partners in the pilot phase of their development and roll out of the Star Rating for Schools program. 

In Cambodia, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Malaysia, and Nigeria, Alliance members have been testing the Star Rating for Schools app in different contexts, helping iRAP to build a picture of considerations and conditions that affect the app’s implementation and roll-out globally. Star Rating for Schools was the assessment tool used on the recent Alliance Advocate training in Kenya. Advocates assessed the area around St Dominic’s School, Nairobi, and found it to be one-star standard. The data was used to convince decision makers in Nairobi to improve safety around the school. Read more HERE. The 20 Advocates are now taking what they learned and replicating it in 13 countries across Africa.

With members in more than 90 countries in high-, medium-, and low-income countries across every continent except Antarctica, the Alliance and its members are well-placed to test the app in a range of settings. Children had been killed on the roads around several of the schools assessed by Alliance members in the pilot phase and others had experienced children being injured. Amend estimates that around some of the most dangerous school districts over 4% of students are injured in road traffic crashes every year. 

Star Rating for Schools builds on the internationally-recognized iRAP star rating system that can be used to assess any road on how safe it is. Star rating looks at factors such as the road condition, signage, road markings, and more. Global road safety standards, including the new voluntary targets recommend that all new roads should be built to a minimum three-star standard. You can learn more about iRAP star ratings in our webinar series “Let’s Get Minimum Three-Star Roads by 2020.”

The Star Rating for Schools program, takes this concept and applies it specifically to school zones. By assessing the roads around the school and inputting the data into the app, a star rating is received. Using the app to model interventions such as crossings, signs, or speed calming mechanisms, enables the user to see what changes could be effective in improving safety around a school and bringing it to a three-star standard.

You don’t need to be a technical expert to use the app and therefore it is ideal for NGOs working with schools in local communities, who can then use the data as evidence when they advocate with decision makers to implement safety measures, as demonstrated in the Advocate training.

The NGOs involved with the testing all said that they would be likely to use Star Ratings for Schools in their work in the future and that it would be a valuable advocacy tool.

Read more about Star Rating for Schools HERE.