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Water Literacy Initiative for Schools in South Africa. A national programme to change attitudes and behaviour to water use & value and to build relevant skills for the water sector. AMCOW MEETING. Ethiopia, November 2010. Department of Water Affairs: South Africa. 1. Problem Statement

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water literacy initiative for schools in south africa

Water Literacy Initiative for Schools in South Africa

A national programme to change attitudes and behaviour to water use & value and to build relevant skills for the water sector


Ethiopia, November 2010

Department of Water Affairs: South Africa


contents of presentation
Problem Statement

Framework for Water Literacy Initiative

Major Objective

Key Objectives

Key Programmes

Curriculum Support Programme

Action Projects

Youth Summit on Water and Climate Change

Contents of Presentation
problem statement
Problem Statement
  • SA is a water scarce country – water resources are under threat
  • SA Water sector has severe skills shortages – identified as a major risk to water resources and water services
policy framework for water literacy
Policy Framework for Water Literacy

Water for Growth and Development Framework

  • High level recommendation - A massive public education initiative focused at the school level
  • WfGD Framework states that skills shortage in the water sector is a key risk to achieving the 6% economic growth targets SA needs
major objective
Major Objective
  • The Water Literacy Initiative is designed to address national challenges of water scarcity and water sector skills shortages in a sustainable way
key objectives
Key Objectives
  • To promote behavioural change on water use and water
  • To promote water sector careers in at schools and provide opportunities for youth to pursue careers in the water sector
  • To raise awareness of water and climate change to the broader public
key programmes
Key Programmes
  • Curriculum Programme
    • Resource Materials & Educator Empowerment
  • Action Projects
    • Baswa le Meetse - Competition – Grade 6
    • South African Youth Water Prize -– Grade 11
    • Aqua Enduro Grade 11
    • Invasive Alien Plant Programme
    • National Essay Competition on Climate Change
    • Annual Youth Summit on Water & Climate Change
curriculum support programme
Curriculum Support Programme

The vision is that every learner… and every educator …in every school will have access to water education

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Curriculum Support (2)

Curriculum-Aligned Resource Materials – for educators and learners in Grades R-9

  • Water is life
  • What is water?
  • Water cycle
  • Sources of Water
  • Sanitation, Health &
  • Hygiene
  • Good Sanitation practices
  • Various types of toilets
  • Maintaining sanitation facilities
  • Water Related diseases

Resource Material


  • Water Use Efficiency
  • Key uses of water
  • Water saving tips
  • Water scarcity
  • Water Quality Management
  • Water Pollution
  • Water Purification
  • Water Safety
  • Water safety tips
  • Water safety games
  • Safe Swimming Environment
  • Forestry and Invasive Alien Plants
  • Importance of Tress
  • Introduction of Indigenous Trees
  • Identification of Invasive Alien Plants
  • Careers in
  • Water and Forestry
  • Career Fair exhibitions
  • DWAF & WRC Careers @ Water CD
  • DWAF & WRC Careers Book
curriculum support 3
Curriculum Support (3)

Curriculum-Aligned Resource Material for

Senior Schooling (Grades 10-12)

  • In development phase – ready by January 2012
  • Key themes for Senior Schooling phase
    • Water is life *** Water Quality
    • Water Use Efficiency *** Water Management
    • Water Sector Careers *** Climate Change
    • Water Safety *** Environmental Conservation
    • History and Indigenous practices of water
action projects baswa le meetse
Action Projects: Baswa le Meetse
  • The Youth in Water Awards aimed at recognizing role of Grade 6 learners in awareness campaigns related to water – using the arts medium
action projects sa youth water prize
Action Projects: SA Youth Water Prize
  • The SAYWP encourages participation of youth from Grade 9-11 in integrated water resource management. Winners compete in Annual International Competition in Sweden
action projects aqua enduro
Action Projects: Aqua-Enduro

Aqua-Enduro is aimed at addressing science and engineering skills shortages. It targets Grade 11 learners – and winners receive bursaries from DWA

  • Centered around World Water Monitoring Day – October 18th
action projects invasive alien plant education
Action Projects: Invasive Alien Plant Education
  • This is a practical oriented project of Working for Water that raises awareness on impact of invasive alien plant species on our national resources
action projects national essays
Action Projects: National Essays
  • Targeted at Grade 11 learners, focuses on impacts of climate change on water resources and encourages learners to consider innovative adaptation strategies and activities
  • This Project will be initiated at the 2011 Youth Summit
youth summit on water and climate change
Youth Summit on Water and Climate Change
  • A national event hosted by the Minister to celebrate and award youth in water
youth summit on water
Youth Summit on Water
  • This an Annual Event that brings together all programmes of the Department on Water Literacy
  • The Minister Awards the excellence of Youth involved in water conservation and climate change issues
  • The Youth Summit is held in over a one-week period in June of each year
  • 2011 will mark the 3rd Annual Youth Summit on Water and Climate Change
what happens at the summit
What happens at the Summit?
  • Excursions: Learners are taken on excursions to various sites such as water treatment plants, water boards …
  • Youth Debate: A forum for debate is held each year on issues of water and climate change. Teams of learners compete against each other on specified topics.
  • Clinics: Experts in the field of water and climate change provide interesting lectures on topical issues.
  • Exhibitions – Learners are exposed to various stakeholders in the water sector – who exhibit and discuss water sector careers and latest technologies
what happens at the summit1
What happens at the Summit?
  • National Awards Ceremony– The Deputy Minister hosts an Awards ceremony on the final day of the summit to acknowledge excellence in teaching and learning on issues of water and climate change.
  • Winners of the Various Competitions like BLM and Youth Debate receive prizes and certificates of excellence from the Minister
youth summit 2012
Youth Summit 2012

25-30 June 2012


South Africa