The European Commission with an innovative approach supports the Nepad Centres of Excellence in water fostering the south to south cooperation and supporting them as the key knowledge actors for the development of the water sector.
A traveling hands-on exhibit that models problems and solutions about sanitation issues such as hand washing, managing pet waste and water storage could be used to reach children, youth and by extension women. Imagine for example a “hand” to which “germs” are attached. Placing the hand under water and soaped (could be simulated) so the germs wash off makes for an engaging and illustrative example of why one should wash their hands.
Le “Parcours du Nageur – Hygiène est Écologie” est un fichier pédagogique à destination de l’enseignement du premier degré qui a été réalisé suite à un concours national des écoles françaises. Il synthétise et harmonise les 750 contributions reçues en 8 étapes clés, de l’entrée à la sortie d’une piscine, ayant un impact positif sur l’hygiène des baigneurs et sur l’environnement. Ce même fichier a été décliné sous d’autres formes : posters, fresques murales.
Developing water awareness is one of the basic pillars on which the Water Development Department (WDD) is investing for achieving a change of attitude and culture on the use of water in order to conserve it. The awareness campaign about the water problem consisted of: a) lectures in schools by WDD personnel and four literature teachers recruited for a period of five months. By 2010 a number of 437 lectures were given to educational institutions nationwide, and the number of youngsters who attended these lectures amounted to 40,276; b) advertising and presentations on media, such as sponsoring the Weather Bulletin at the Main News Bulletin of the Cyprus Broadcasting Service, promoting the slogan: “mind the water”; c) publications to inform the public about the water problem; d) annual Press Conference by the Director of the WDD; e) Support of various Agencies/Organizations by the WDD and other events; f) Other activities such as seminars, symposia, workshops, studies and consultations with the public, g) Setup of a website for the WDD and its daily updating.
The Parliament of Young Citizens of the Scheldt aims to bring together young people who live in the same river basin district. As well as exchanges between members, the project promotes opportunities for the PYCS to directly interact with political decision makers. Young people are prepared for educational visits and local and international training in which integrated water resource management remains a central theme. Education and citizenship are two important pillars of the project. Consequently, members are exposed to decision makers and the relevant authorities, companies and commercial interests involved in water, managers of port facilities and interest groups from the sectors of water and sustainable development.
The first step in WaterCycle’s plan is to embark on a three pronged learning mission to help us and the public better understand water issues:
- An African cycling expedition designed to help us experience water adversity and to learn about privatization and sustainability in a setting that presents some of the world’s most extreme examples of water issues.
- A media campaign that will chronicle the expedition, helping the general public learn about water issues with us in an entertaining and accessible way. The media campaign will require the participation of local communities and individuals, as we will seek to record and understand their water struggles and successes. We are especially interested in presenting local water initiatives that have been designed with sustainability in mind.
- The creation of a water-themed database of educational resources that educators can use to incorporate water issues into everyday learning. Education will enable and mobilize people to make better personal water choices and to pressure corporations and governments at all levels (local, regional and international) to do the same. We feel that education will be one of the most impactful strategies in making the right to water a worldwide reality.
The solution relates to the quality of education provided on water conflict resolution. Diplomatic fundamentals such as knowledge and objectivity are surprisingly passed over in water diplomacy training and interventions. A return to these would help us move away from apparently apolitical attempts at conflict management, and towards water conflict resolution. One way the knowledge may be gathered is by undertaking ‘hydropolitical baselines’ that review and analyse the hydrologic, water use, and political record. Objectivity can be helped through appeal to and strengthening of international norms, such as customary water law.
The Water Without Borders programme (WWB) is a collaborative graduate programme in water, environment and health between the United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and McMaster University. It addresses issues of water without borders, either geopolitical or disciplinary. This innovative, collaborative graduate programme is the only one of its kind in North America. It links the rigour of a traditional university graduate program with the policy training and experience of an international centre of excellence focused on the global water crisis.
P’tits bouts du monde est une association créée à partir d’un projet de voyage d’une famille autour du monde en voilier. Ce voyage a pour thème les enfants du monde et l’eau. L’objectif est essentiellement la sensibilisation des hommes sur l’utilisation et la disponibilité de l’eau pour tous dans une approche pédagogique et culturelle auprès des enfants.