Since the start of 2011, we have been working with Transaid to improve driving standards and safety in Tanzania. Transaid is an international charity which works to increase the capacity of transport and logistics in developing countries to operate effectively, efficiently and safely.
It was founded by Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems.
One of the key challenges in Africa is to improve the standard of bus driving. National Express is sharing its expertise by sending out our own driver trainers on two week secondments to the countries where Transaid is operating to build the skills of local instructors.
In one of the countries, Tanzania, our volunteers have worked with a group of local driver trainers to build on their existing skills and share teaching techniques to enable them to become more competent bus driver trainers. This is part of an ongoing initiative to build the overall capacity of the local training institution to become a centre of excellence renowned for quality bus driver training in the region.
Historically, very few of the 30,000 bus drivers in Tanzania received any formal training and none of them are 'officially' licensed. As a result, road crash rates in sub-Saharan Africa are very high and road deaths are predicted to become the biggest killer in the next 10 -15 years if nothing is done to avert the crisis.
Since the start of our partnership, we have provided volunteers to support projects in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.