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Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
We are pleased to be a part of the Seametrics.com Top 25 Water Conservation Blog list published this week. Seametrics is a water flow measurement company that helps farmers, manufacturers and municipalities to reduce water consumption, and water conservation is part of its core mission. Joining us on the list are Aquafornia, the blog for Project WET California host institution the Water Education Foundation, and Project WET blog guest poster Matthew Garcia's Hydro-Logic. Congratulations to everyone on the list; it is a great resource for anyone interested in the wide world of water.
Related post: Several months ago, Seametrics interviewed Project WET CEO Dennis Nelson about how water education can encourage conservation.
Anyone traveling to Montana for the upcoming Sustaining the Blue Planet conference will want to check out our pre- and post-conference field tours of Yellowstone National Park. We have arranged for two tours to allow Sustaining the Blue Planet participants to experience the majesty of America's first national park.
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, as well as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
The tour price of $75 per person includes:
• roundtrip bus transportation to Yellowstone from the conference hotel in Bozeman.
• transportation within Yellowstone National Park.
• breakfast and lunch.
• Yellowstone National Park admission.
• guided tour with a Yellowstone National Park geologist.
And of course, if you haven't yet registered for Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference, do so soon! Early bird registration ends July 31st!
To encourage participation in World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) and to help educators include water monitoring in their classrooms, Project WET worked with WWMD several months ago to create four downloadable activities specifically designed for students aged 11 to 14. Those lessons are now available to download in Spanish as well.
World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. While the official day is not until September, the data collected by participants can be submitted anytime between World Water Day (March 22nd) and the end of the calendar year.
We invite all educators working with Spanish-speaking populations to visit the site, download the lessons and take part in World Water Monitoring Day!
In partnership with UN-HABITAT, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and BASF, the Project WET Foundation recently organized a "writeshop"—a workshop focused on customizing educational materials—in the western Indian port city of Mangalore. The writeshop was a high-energy day, with participants enjoying hands-on Project WET water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities. For their part, participants provided insightful feedback on how to customize existing Project WET human values-based water, sanitation and hygiene education (HVBWSHE) materials for Mangalore.
"The enthusiasm that the Mangalore teachers expressed about values-based WASH education was fantastic," said Project WET Foundation Senior Vice President John Etgen. "It is certainly an indicator of the expected success of this project over the long term and gives us an encouraging start. We hope to replicate that success across India."
John introduces the "Blue Planet" activity. Amazingly, almost all of the teachers knew that 70 percent of the Earth is covered in water. Etgen said it’s one of the first times he has ever gotten such a solid response from a group.
The Mangalore educators were equally optimistic, with one of the teachers commenting that she couldn't wait to try out the hands-on pedagogy because she knows it will go over so well with her students.
HVBWSHE is an innovative approach that not only seeks to impart information about water, sanitation and hygiene, but also to inspire and motivate learners to change their behavior to promote wise and sustainable use of water and sanitation. When coupled with hands-on and experiential learning, HVBWSHE can have profound effects on hygiene practices and behavior among children, which align with the Education for Sustainable Development principles as promoted by the United Nations
In all, 38 teachers from 27 schools participated in the workshop. In addition to the teachers and Project WET staff, special guests included Mr. P.P. Shetty (Senior General Manager of BASF in Mangalore), Mr. C.D. Kumar (Senior Environmental Officer of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board) and Dr. Pradip Nandi (UN-HABITAT). The writeshop was conducted in English and the local language of Kannada, and the final customized HVBWSHE materials will also be available in both languages.
Participants included nearly 40 educators, along with Project WET staff and special guests from UN-HABITAT, BASF and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
The Project WET writeshop was part of the Water Education Project, which TERI is implementing in Mangalore with support from UNHABITAT and BASF. The project establishes science laboratories in eight schools and Water Classrooms in two schools. Water quality monitoring kits will be provided to 25 schools, and teachers will be trained to conduct classroom programs on water quality for students. The students will then conduct quality tests of community drinking water supply/source, a process designed to highlight the importance of safe drinking water.