#WorldWaterDay2014: National Water Café 2014
It has been a great pleasure to be with children and talk about the global issues and alert them about their future. In a developing world, when we talk about education, it is more like binding children with the limited access to knowledge more theoretically than practically. Education has become the business strategy, children study not for acquiring wisdom but appearing in exam and get high ranking. Is that all matter? Is that enough? How is the world mapping the quality of education? Is it quantity or quality education that matters to achieve development goals? Is there any monitoring and evaluating system to measure the level of knowledge that children get from educational institution?
We know Nepal being naturally diverse country, is rich in water resources and has diversified topography, due to which there is a huge hydropower potential. Though there are some policies those are more focused on issues but not in management of resources we are at alarming phase of water crisis. Moreover, Hydroelectricity falls under fourth position of the priority order on the utilization of water and being potential of 40000MW, about 40% of the population of Nepal has access to electricity with the generation of only 600MW of hydropower. It has been targeted that there will be enough electricity to light every house in Nepal by 2015 and it is the beginning of year 2014 and yet the population is facing 12-18 hours of power cut off daily.
While the world was busy celebrating World Water Day 2014 in different corners, I was coordinating Water Café in different places of Nepal. Facilitating one of the Water Cafés in the valley, it was hard to drive the mind of children to gather their perspective but when you are able to show them the reality with example that is happening right in front of their eyes in their own society, it made me quite easier to make them concentrate on the water issues they are going to face in coming days, sooner or later. Children were happier to come out of the books and learn about water and energy in a different way for the first time.
“Children are the leaders of tomorrow, do not treat them as Book Worms.”
During the program, children were divided into groups and provide the following questions for discussion.
- What is Water and Energy for you?
- What are the problems regarding water and energy in your school, home and community?
- How can you solve the problems in your school, home and community?
- Share your ideas on how to manage water for energy and energy for water?
- What is your message to Nepal Government and World Leaders?
Following the world café modality, each group was provided the opportunity to present their views, ideas and knowledge regarding Water and Energy. For them water and energy were just the definition that they were taught by their teachers from the text books. Where the world is heading towards secured future of coming generation, the lives of people are still in dark due to the hours of power cut off in Nepal. Due to growing demand of water and energy with the growing urbanization, and severe impacts of climate change, it is great challenge to fulfill the need of the population. However, there is always a solution for every problems, solar energy is the alternative source to light the future. Still, the utilization of solar power has not taken a good market in Nepal. Moreover, political instability of the country was a common issue which was being discussed. Participating children also highlighted on developing consensus for alternative energy like solar power and electricity produced from pumping the water. Last but not the least, the program aware the young generation on the linkages between water and energy which also made them committed for saving energy for saving water and vice versa. They requested to carry such program more in coming days. They also appealed the related stakeholders to take advantages from the resources available but considering the need of the coming generation. Similarly, the program was cordinated in four districts of Nepal (Rupandehi, Kaski, Chitwan and Bhaktapur) during which around 150 school and college students participated in the program.
Posted on March 23, 2014, in Children, Water and tagged Caveeta Gautam, Children, Education, Electricity, Energy, Himalayas, hydropower, national water cafe, Nepal, Solar Energy, Water, World Water Day, Youth. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.