Promoting water education in the fourth most water scarce country in the world
As the world’s fourth most water scarce country in the world per capita, water resource management presents one of the greatest developmental challenges for Jordan. The UNESCO Amman Office identified the need to promote water education based on the principle that water is a resource fundamental to all aspects of life, and improvement in its management – from the policy level to the community level – will have a profound effect on Jordan’s efforts in achieving the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty and hunger, child mortality and ensuring environmental sustainability
Thus, the UNESCO Amman Office, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Ministry of Environment and the Jordan National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, developed a national water education program that was implemented over 8 months from July 2012 to February 2013. Following the recent conclusion of the program, notable results have already been witnessed, such as the creation of a Facebook group by participants of the program to share and centralize water education information. The Facebook group has so far gained a following of more than 1,700 fans and is highly active.
The program was implemented in two stages, with the first being the development of a training manual featuring the topics of the water cycle, water resources and challenges, population growth impacts, climate change impacts, water conservation practices and practical exercises for 1st to 10th grade students and piloting two workshops in Ramtha and Mafraq. The second stage consisted of 10 workshops conducted across Jordan for more than 500 participants of diversified backgrounds. These included instrumental figures such as teachers, business and professional women, imams and journalists in order to deliver the message of appropriate water usage to the community effectively.