Overview about Orange-Senqu River Basin & ORASECOM.pdf
ORASECOM has been working with the Mokolodi Environmental Centre in Botswana; the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) & Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) in Lesotho; the Desert Research Foundation–Namibia (DRFN) in Namibia; and the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) in South Africa to develop a River Learning Box Project proposal. This work is being backed by technical and financial support from GIZ (BMZ/UKAID/AusAID); and UNDP-GEF funded ORASECOM Trans-boundary Diagnostic Analysis/Strategic Action Programme (TDA/SAP) project.
The River Learning Box was first mooted by the ORASECOM Roadmap Towards Stakeholder Participation in 2007. However, the idea really took root after a visit to the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River Basin (ICPDR) in 2008. The ICPDR had already developed and distributed a Danube Box with great success. The idea, emerging from that visit, was to develop an adapted version of the Danube Box for the Orange-Senqu River Basin. Importantly, the Orange-Senqu River Learning Box will now benefit from this North-South Cooperation in the form of a twinning arrangement between two river basin organisations.
Work on the Orange-Senqu River Learning Box began in earnest in 2010, and since then a number of workshops have been held to refine a detailed project proposal. The final proposal prepared in July 2011 outlines a project to provide educational resource materials for 10-12 year old school children. These children will, through this project, learn to understand and promote sustainable water resources development and management in the Basin. These learning objectives will be achieved through the River Learning Box, as well as associated capacity building processes to support teachers to plan and implement lessons and activities for this age group.
The goal of the River Learning Box project is to ensure basin-wide outreach, wide-spread information dissemination and support active learning processes in formats that are easily accessible to 10-12 year old school children. The material will become a living resource, and teachers will be encouraged to progressively add more recent materials to ensure that the River Learning Box remains relevant and up-to-date. The long-term changes expected to come about as a result of this project are:
- Increased awareness among teachers, and school children about sustainable and trans-boundary water resources development and management;
- Improved appreciation, use and management of water resources among the youth; and
- Young people engaging in action learning for a living river.
The development and piloting of the River Learning Box will be undertaken from 2012 to 2013 in a participatory manner.
Schools, teachers, and key stakeholder institutions in environmental education initiatives in the Member States and internationally will be involved including key Ministries such as Water, Education, Environment, etc.
An inception workshop was held on the 25th of April 2012 in Kempton Park, South Africa. The purpose of the workshop was for the key stakeholders from all the four member States to discuss, provide inputs and have a common understanding of how the project will be implemented. For group photos of the participants to the workshop, and previous project partners meetings, please click here.
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