STOP TALKING, START DOING: YPW conference in South Africa

World Water Academy newsletter item: STOP TALKING, START DOING: YPW conference in South Africa

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The conference's theme is: STOP TALKING, START DOING! World Water Academy (WWA) fully supports this theme and the vision. The reason to come to this theme is stated on the ZA YWP website: "This theme challenges us all to bring our skills and knowledge to the water sector ‘work bench' in order to implement practical and relevant solutions to shared challenges. It also reminds us all that we need to work together across disciplines, professions, academia and practice to come up with innovative solutions that solve problems and address skills gaps that water and sanitation sectors face all over Africa."

The paper "Didactical methods: transferring a course into applicable training for process controllers" gives a nice example of DOING. The paper written by Johan Oost from the World Water Academy (WWA) together with three trainers of eThekwini Water & Sanitation (EWS, Janet, Junior and Nkosi), and is submitted for the ZA YWP conference in Pretoria (16-18 November 2015). It will be the 4th YWP-ZA Biennial Conference, which is combined with the 1st African YWP conference. The conference will attract more than 450 delegates from across Africa.

Johan will promote the activities of WWA in South Africa and spread the word about the new NPC AquaDactics. Capacity Development & Training is high on the agenda of the Young Water professionals. With the great example of the training course Wastewater Treatment for Process Controllers in Durban, Johan, Janet, Junior and Nkosi  will show solutions and ideas to get these type of practical training courses on the agenda.

Meanwhile Johan will link the ZA YWP conference with the Dutch water delegation of the visit of Prime Minister Rutte to South Africa.  He will also pronounce the new Wetskills event in South Africa: May 2016, Durban (WISA conference).