NGO marks World Water Day with school children
A non-governmental organisation, Amazing Amazon led by its founder Mercy Makinde, today marked the World Water Day with school children in Lagos.
The Day is an international observance that creates the opportunity to learn more about water-related issues.
Each year, UN-Water an arm of the United Nations Organization, which coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation, sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to any current or future challenge. This year’s theme is WATER AND JOBS with the hash tag #NoWaterNoJobs.
Today, almost half of the world’s workers – 1.5 billion people – work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labor rights.
On World Water Day, people everywhere show that they care and that they have the power to make a difference. They get inspired by information and use it to take action and change things.
The AMAZING AMAZON INITIATIVE typically shows they care and are committed to make a difference. So in commemorating this year’s World Water Day, the Amazon team visited some Secondary schools in Lagos State today to teach students the Water Related Job opportunities that abound. The programme was proudly supported by FrieslandCampina Wamco who provided the students with Goodie Bags.
It was a very insightful and impactful exercise as the students were very excited to hear about other profession other than Law, Medicine, Architecture and the likes of them that have become a default aspirations of an average student faced with the decision of what career path to tow. During the very engaging session, the students learnt that nearly all jobs depend on water. They were also given examples of the Water Related Jobs to include: Marine Scientist, Water Quality Analyst, Water Engineer/Architect, Hydrologist, Water Design specialist and Fishing.
Others include Marine Engineer, Nautical Scientist, HSE Manager, Maritime Standard and Assurance Officer, Offshore and Exploration, Wastewater Treatment Specialist, Disaster and Flood Risk Specialist, Conservationist, Water Policy Specialist and Marine Environment and Pollution Manager.
The challenges facing Water Related Jobs were also highlighted and they are: Pollution, population Growth, climate change, water scarcity, perception, expectations, risk and hazards. Problems such as shortage of skilled personnel, nnvestors and availability of finance.
The students were overwhelmed by the revelation of these new information and opportunities as echoed in the School’s Vote of Thanks at the end of each school’s presentation.
World Water Day is one of UN-Water’s campaigns that aim to inform, engage and inspire action. The Amazing Amazons were able to help the students focus on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives.
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