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2020 Vision for Water and Sanitation Education Programme (2020 VfWSEP)

2020 Vision for Water and Sanitation Education Programme was initiated in 1996 with the aim to strengthen awareness in on integrated water resource management. Learners were identified as the target group for the programme based on the fact that you “Educate a child to educate the nation”. Through this programme the Department of Water and Sanitation aims to cultivate water saving culture hoping to ultimately change the mindset, attitudes and behaviours of water users for a sustainable water resource management across the country.

2020VfWSEP Aims and Objectives

  • To promote water and sanitation education and create awareness about integrated water resource management, sanitation and water services through schools.

  • To empower educators and learners to enable them to implement water and sanitation projects.

  • Promote careers in the water sector.

  • To infuse water education into the curriculum.

  • To promote behavioural change after the implementation of action projects.

  • To enhance collaboration in the water sector with relevant stakeholders.

The programme is advocated through the following six projects:

1. Curriculum Support (CS)

It is the core of 2020 VfWSEP and was initiated with an objective of integrating water education to the main stream curriculum. The project has Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) aligned resource materials from Grade 1- 9. The project mainly entails the empowerment of educators on water and sanitation issues through educator workshops. During the workshops the educators are engaged on the water and sanitation activities that are on these resource materials.

2. South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP)

It is a collaboration project with Sweden aimed at encouraging active participation of youth in integrated water resource management. Grade 9- 11 Maths and Science learners identify water or sanitation challenges in their schools or communities; develop inventions or awareness projects to bring solutions. The project serves as an incubator for the Learning Academy, a departmental unit that manages bursaries.

Each year the national winners proceed to the Annual International Competition held in Sweden during the first week of September. South Africa is proud to have produced two international winners in the past 10 years.

3. Aqua Enduro (AE)

AE is an initiative aimed at addressing the skills shortage in the scientific and engineering disciplines targeting Grade 11 learners. It seeks to identify learners who not only have passion for water and sanitation but also the determination and discipline it takes to pursue careers in the water sector. AE stems from the World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) celebrated yearly in October to highlight the importance of monitoring the drinking water quality. It runs from district to national level with bursaries awarded for the provincial winners.

4. Public Speaking (PS)

The project started in 2010 with first bursaries being awarded in 2011. It targets Grade 10- 11 Maths and Science learners and is done in a debate format whereby learners are given a theme to research on. Each team is comprised of three speakers, i.e. 1st speaker doing introduction, 2nd speaker covering content and 3rd speaker responsible for conclusion. . It runs from district to national level with bursaries awarded for the provincial winners.

5. Baswa Le Meetse (BLM)

This project targets Intermediate Phase whereby learners convey water and sanitation messages through art. It has five categories, namely: Music, Drama, Praise Poetry, Praise Singing and Poster. It runs from district to national level with prize money being awarded for provincial and national winners.

6. Intervention Project (IP)

It is a project that targets Baswa Le Meetse previous winners. It aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice on integrated water resource management. The school identifies water or sanitation challenge/s, map up possible solutions to address the identified challenge/s. School visits prior to the national adjudications are conducted to assess water and sanitation projects. During national adjudications educators make Power Point presentations showing casing their success stories on how they have become the schools with best water and sanitation practices. Three best schools win prize money sponsored by Water Research Commission (WRC).


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