The Wetskills Summer is starting in South Africa

World Water Academy newsletter item: The Wetskills Summer is starting in South Africa

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Three new editions of Wetskills will be organised during the next months. Wetskills in South Africa will start on the 6th of May. AquaDactics is one of the case owners. A team of 3 or 4 young professionals and students will be challenged in the two-weeks programme themed Unlocking experiential knowledge.

Summary: Assessments show a scarcity in the actual operating and maintenance skills in South Africa. Moreover, a brain-drain is expected within the municipalities, due to the retirement of highly experienced people. Knowledgeable and skilled staff are the main prerequisite to sustainable operating and maintaining assets. The transfer of existing expertise from the retiring staff to younger staff is key. In the vision of Aquadactics, capital investments for water (supply, wastewater, and management) need to be addressed parallel to the knowledge and skills development of human resources. However, investing in this is not quite as sexy as investing in capital assets. The main challenge is to convince the sector to invest in ‘unlocking the experiential knowledge that is currently present in the water sector and making it financially attractive'.

The final Wetskills presentations will be held during the WISA conference on Monday 16 May 2016 in Durban. As winning case owner of the last edition of Wetskills in South Africa, AquaDactics/World Water Academy wishes the team good luck and a great learning experience! (see the news of Wetskills-South Africa 2014: www.wetskills.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Press-Release-Finals.pdf)

In June Wetskills will be organised in Boston (USA) for the first time. About 20 participants from various Dutch and American universities and organisations will tackle five different study cases. The final results will be presented during a workshop dedicated to Resilient Cities, organised by Northeastern University, the Dutch Embassy in Washington (Netherlands Organisation for Science and Technology), the Dutch Consulate in New York, and Wetskills Foundation.

The organisation still welcomes American participants. For more information: wetskills.com/register-for-wetskills-usa-2016-in-boston/.

Last but not least is the Wetskills Water Challenge in Taiwan, 10 to 23 July 2016. In two weeks the Wetskills participants (36 of them!) will experience six water challenges on the Taiwanese island, including a trip to Tainan, Mountain areas, and various locations in and around Taipei. Find the case descriptions here: wetskills.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Overview-of-study-cases-Wetskills-Taiwan-2016.pdf.

Are you a Young Professional or student with a passion for water? Do you want to experience international co-operation? Do you want to learn about water challenges in Taiwan/Asia? The Wetskills Foundation is looking for Dutch participants for this Wetskills edition. The deadline for submission is 15 May 2016. Register here: wetskills.com/register-for-wetskills-taiwan-2016/

For more information, contact Johan Oost (Wetskills Foundation). You can follow Wetskills on Facebook and Twitter or at our website: http://www.wetskills.com/.

Teamphoto Wetskills South Africa 2014