Participants at the just ended three-day two-in-one workshop in Accra have advocated integration of the study of Water into Social Studies and Environmental Studies at the basic school level.
This is to instil in children, the sense of respect for potable water and water bodies to ensure that they grew up to better appreciate the value of water.
The workshop, jointly organised by Aqua Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL) and Wise Water Foundation, was intended to find ways of integrating water as a study area into the basic schools curricula.
It was also aimed at training trainers who would champion community involvement in instilling the culture of respect for water among citizens by identifying and reporting illegal connections and leakages of water.
The workshop was targeted at educators drawn from the Ghana Education Service (GES) headquarters.
The ‘training of trainers’ workshop was targeted at members of various Community Water and Sanitation Boards.
Mrs. Josephine Kuffour-Duah, Assistant Director of Education, Basic Education Division of GES, told GNA that at the next review of basic schools curricula, syllabus on water as a study area would be fused into to the Social Studies and Environmental Studies curricula.
She said the workshop educated participants on effective ways of harvesting, harnessing, conserving and storing water.
Mr. Kuffour-Duah said participants formed project groups to train children, parents and teachers on how to harvest water during the rainy season.
Resource persons for the workshop were drawn from the Waterwise Education Team of Rand Water in South Africa, one of the mother companies of AVRL.
Ms. Samanta Stelli, one of the resource persons, told GNA that the participants were introduced to creative ways of making learning about water fun.
“In South Africa we use drama, songs, road shows, quizzes, puppet shows, fun games and other fun-filled activities to get people’s attention then we teach them about water,” she said.
Ms. Stelli said participants were provided with loads of material on how to teach people to respect potable water and the water bodies in the country.
Mrs. Sylvia Lutterodt, also an Assistant Director of Education, said her group had adopted a one-year-long project to train teachers, parents, children, opinion leaders and the media within 10 districts on effective water management.
“We have also been trained on how to source funds from donor agencies for projects,” she said.
Mr. Samuel Sowah Tawiah from the Teshie Water and Sanitation Board, said the training programme had brought community leaders closer to AVRL and their operations and that would help to reduce the suspicion between citizens and AVRL.
He praised AVRL for establishing the Community Water and Sanitation Boards to liaise between it and the communities, adding that the boards also had the responsibility of managing AVRL water supply Polytanks within the communities.