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IGAD-HYCOS promoting water issues among Kenyan School Students












Within the framework of IGAD-HYCOS communication and visibility strategy, it was realized there was need to raise awareness among the school students about the importance of our water resources and taking appropriate measures to use it wisely and to protect such valuable resources.

Every academic year, Kenyan schools organize educational tours to the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) to allow students at different levels (primary and secondary) to interact with KMD experts to learn more about weather and climate issues. In this regard, IGAD-HYCOS Project Manager expressed interest to KMD officer responsible for organizing such tours, to include also the water issue. It was agreed that visit to IGAD-HYCOS Project will be included in the programme of the schools tour to KMD.

The first visit was organized on Wednesday 30th October 2013. Forty students from School of the Nations, Nairobi (primary school) accompanied by three teachers visited IGAD-HYCOS Project Management Unit. The Project Manager received the group and briefed them on the importance of water in our life and how we can use it wisely. Further he explained the project objectives and expected outcome to the group in a simple and understandable language. A fact sheet about water was prepared particularly for such occasions were distributed with other publicity materials to the students.  The teachers and the students were pleased to know about IGAD-HYCOS Project and the importance of water in our life.    

The second visit was organized on the same day. Twenty five student from Forest View Academy, Nairobi (secondary school) accompanied by one teacher visited IGAD-HYCOS Project Management Unit. The Project Manager received the group and briefed them on the importance of water in our life and how we can use it wisely. Further he explained to the students who are studying Geography, the project objectives and expected outcome with focus on the role of GIS techniques in water resources management. The teacher and the students were pleased to know about IGAD-HYCOS Project and the importance of water in our life. They also appreciated the information about the GIS role in water resources managements.

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