“Now I’ve made the decision to use a five-litre bucket to water the garden and the flowers to save water.”
THE ORANGE–SENQU RIVER LEARNING BOX PROJECT: ACTION LEARNING FOR A LIVING RIVER
Children are the basin’s future managers and decision-makers, so efforts are being made to raise their awareness regarding the Orange–Senqu River basin, its water resources and the challenges in conserving and managing these vital resources.
The project is assisting in the development of the Orange–Senqu River Learning Box – an educational tool for 10–12-year-old school learners. Teachers and learners from each of the basin states have been provided with field training on the use of miniSASS, a water quality monitoring tool. Two booklets are being produced for inclusion in the box.
Training on the use of miniSASS has been provided for teachers and learners from schools in participating in piloting the Orange–Senqu River Learning Box. These schools have been provided with equipment allowing them to monitor water sources in their area. They were also trained to upload their results to the water wiki allowing them to share them and other environmental data collected. The miniSass water wiki can be found at sass.orasecom.org.
Two publications for children were developed in the final quarter of 2013:
- a booklet distilled from the transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA) that explains the main environmental features and issues in the basin at a level suitable for children
- an activity booklet to monitor catchment health, especially in the drier areas of the basin.