Theme 5: Water Education for Sustainable Development

The context

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Water education is the strategic entry point in developing a new ethic for water governance and management. However, there are many challenges in providing water education for sustainable development. If the MDG target on water is to be met, a threefold increase in the number of trained water managers is needed in Africa, and a twofold increase in Asia, according to an initial estimate by UNESCO-IHE. Educational programmes will thus have to shape a new generation of water managers and decision makers who are able to apply a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to water resources.

The work at a glance

Education about water issues will have to occur at all levels to equip people with the knowledge, skills and values to play a role in protecting the resource. In addition to the tertiary and professional dimensions of water education, IHP will also focus on policy makers, schools, vocational training, mass media and stakeholders in an effort to influence attitudes, policies and behaviors. There will be a concerted effort to improve linkages between those engaged in water education at the tertiary level and those working on school, vocational training and community levels.

Jargon-free policy briefs summarizing scientific results and their policy implications will help disseminate these and ensure that science truly influences policies, attitudes and behaviors. The wider constituency under this theme also reflects UNESCO’s role as the lead agency within the UN system for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Focal Areas:

  • Tertiary water education and professional development
  • Vocational education and training of water technicians
  • Water education in schools
  • Water education for communities, stakeholders and mass-media professionals

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