10.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Undertaking water education to help conserve one of Jordan’s scarcest resources

©UNESCO AmmanTrained teachers after conclusion of first workshop in Mafraq

Under the joint UN programme “Adaptation to climate change to sustain Jordan’s MDG achievement”, UNESCO is implementing a national water education project to increase the level of understanding of water issues in Jordan among school teachers and students.

“As the fourth most water-scarce country in the world, teaching the next generation knowledge on water conservation and sustainable use is imperative. By providing support and training to teachers on water education, the students and their families will be better able to learn about water issues in Jordan” said Dr. Anna Paolini, Head of UNESCO Amman Office.

As a part of the project, a manual on water education was developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the Ministry of Environment and the Jordan National Commission for Education, Culture and Science. The manual features the topics of water cycle, water resources and challenges, population growth impacts, climate change impacts, water conservation practices and practical exercises for 1st to 10th grade students.

Teachers are being trained on the use of the manual through a series of 13 workshops held across the country from November 2012 to January 2013. The first two workshops have already been conducted in Mafraq and Ramtha where the presence of a large Syrian population has made water conservation a high priority in the area. Teachers from more than 30 public schools attended each of the two-day long workshops.

The response from the trained teachers has been strong. Within a few days of the training, the teachers involved initiated a knowledge sharing website that features the information gained from the workshop. The teachers are managing and following the website daily to encourage other teachers and organizations in the area to join the discussion.

The project is a part of a joint UN programme of the MDG Achievement Fund. Under this fund, UNESCO together with three other UN organizations in Jordan – UNDP, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO) – form part of the joint UN programme to enhance Jordan’s capacity to adapt to climate change.

For more information on the water education project, please contact Sawsan Batarseh s.batarseh@unesco.org 

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