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Children, Water and Education in the 4th World Water Forum

The event Children, Water and Education is framed within the decades Education for Sustainable Development and Water for Life, launched by the United Nations Organization in 2005. The Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) coordinated this event, which had the following components:

  1. Second Children World Water Forum
  2. Global Water Education Village
  3. Sessions at the Thematic Forum:
    - Intergenerational Dialogue
    - Water Education

Children, Water and Education at the 4th World Water Forum concluded

  • A hundred and seven children of 29 countries shared 55 local actions to help in the solution- finding of water- related issues, and participated in workshops and educational activities.
  • The children make a "Call for Action" to the ministers who attended the Ministerial Conference at the IV World Water Forum.
  • Around 3,500 people, between children and adults, visited The Global Water Education Village, as well as the School of Water.
  • Formal and non- formal educators knew a variety of educational water programs that have been successfully applied in different countries.
  • The children news "Water of the World" was transmitted daily.

During five days of intense and funny work, children and adults exchanged and analyzed experiences and local actions results with the people who contribute to solve the water challenges in different points of the earth.

The event was coordinated by the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA), along with the General Secretariat of the IV World Water Forum (IV WWF).

Children, Water and Education included the following components:

  1. The II Children's World Water Forum (II CWWF)
  2. Hundred and seven children participated, mostly between 11 and 15 years, from Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Spain, United States of America, Ethiopia, Philippines, France, Holland, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Dominican Republic, Laos Popular Democratic Republic, Thailand, Tajikistan, Togo, and Trinidad & Tobago.

    The children presented 55 local actions. They worked together to select five of them to be presented in the session FT5.27 "Intergenerational Dialogue", at the IV WWF. The projects selected were the following:

    1. Kenia

      Girls Charllotte Akoth Ouma and Priscila Wanjiru Karanja
      Local Action: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program in schools.

    2. Laos Popular Democratic Republic

      Boy Happy Sisomphone and girl Phonepasit Silivong.
      Local Action: Lao Youth Radio Programme.

    3. México

      Boy Daniel Omar Vega González and girl Amanda Tanairi Diazbarriga Maciel
      Local Action: Campaign of awareness on the use and conservation of water.

    4. Japan

      Boy Hiroki Sato and girl Nozomi Onodera
      Local Action: Preservation of the Shinoro-Fukui wetland in Japan, and

    5. United States of America

      Girl Smitha Ramakrishna
      Local Action: Arizona Water Activists Karing for the Environment.

    The session "Intergenerational Dialogue" was convened jointly by the UNICEF, the Japan Water Forum (JWF) and IMTA.

    The children participated in 12 workshops and educational activities related to water planning, water quality, environmental awareness, hydrologic cycle, basins, water management integrated resources, risks management, climatic change and cultural aspects. These activities were offered by IMTA, Project WET International Foundation, UNICEF, UNESCO, PNUMA, the Ara River Basin Network (Japan), the Japan Water Forum and Enviroscape.

    They also prepared a "Call for Action" to the ministers, that nine children, from Canada, Ethiopia, Indonesian, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria and Tajikistan, presented on March 21st in the Ministerial Conference at IV WWF. José Luis Luege Tamargo, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) of Mexico, received the document. The call was reaffirmed by the children during the closure ceremony of March 22.

    The II CWWF was coordinated by UNICEF, with the contribution of IMTA, the JWF and the Project WET International Foundation.

  3. Children news Water of the World
  4. Reports on the water situation in diverse regions of Mexico, interviews with personalities of the water sector, news of the activities developed in the IV FMA and notes about the children from countries as Egypt, France, India, United Kingdom, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, and Tunisia, are some of the aspects covered by the news "Water of the World".

    "Water of the world" was transmitted daily by the close circuit of the Banamex Center, and through the channel 27 of the Edusat network to Latin America, the Caribbean and south of the United States, as well as in a segment of the informative bar of the channel Eleven of Mexico.

    The objective of this news was to strength the intergenerational dialogue, offering a space for children to involve in water topics.

    "Water of the World" was produced by IMTA, with the support of the Commission of Water and Environment of Morelos State, the Institute of Basic Education of the Morelos State, the Federal Semarnat Delegation in Morelos, the National Water Commission, Edusat and the Channel Eleven of Mexico.

  5. The Global Water Education Village
  6. In this space were carried out practical activities and demonstrations of programs and educational materials related to water used in Argentina, Cameroon, Costa Rica, United States of America, Philippines, India, Fiji Islands, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Togo, Uganda and Vietnam, among others countries, besides the programs of UNESCO in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 3,500 people, between children and adult, attended to the Village and the School of Water, in which more than 1,000 children from private and public schools of Mexico City, as well as groups of scouts and participants of the Second Children's World Water Forum played and learned about water, due to the activities developed during five days in this space.

    Understand the ecosystems fragility, be surprised for the groundwater movement and learn about the contamination processes, are only some examples of the many experiences and learning generated in the School of Water, which had the aim to promote the knowledge, the appreciation and the care of the water. Participant Institutions were: IMTA, Cecadesu, Project WET International Foundation, National Water Commission, Xochitla Foundation, CICEANA, El Manantial Foundation, Mad Science, Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla, Ramsar, Enviroscape and Papalote Museo del Niño, among others.

    The Global Water Education Village was coordinated by Project WET International Foundation, with the support of IMTA and UNESCO.

  7. Water education for children and young
  8. In the session FT4.28 "Water Education for Children and Young", representatives of the following organizations participated: Project WET International Foundation, Taiwan International Institute for Water Education, Junta Directiva de Aguas de Chile, UNESCO, IMTA, Semarnat, Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey, and Nestlé Waters North America. In the session participants highlighted there are many ways to transmit knowledge to the people and to involve the children, the communities and the parents in a culture of water.

    This session, convened by the Project WET International Foundation, UNESCO and IMTA, allowed the formal and non- formal educators, and the rest of the assistants, to know a variety of educational programs, with emphasis on water, that have been applied successfully in different countries; besides, promoted the exchange of ideas to face the important task to educate teachers, children and youth about these matters, and emphasized the importance that all the people involved in the water sector must be involved in water education.

Further information:
Rita Vazquez, rvazquez@tlaloc.imta.mx,
+52 (777) 329 3673,

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Last update:
April 17, 2015

4th World Water Forum, Mexico City, March 16-22, 2006