Training Tunisia’s young minds on the climate change effects

Members of the European FASTER project raised awareness among young Tunisian students about the impact of climate change on the environment and its water resources.

Photo: FASTER project

As part of World Water Day, the H2020 FASTER project team, in collaboration with the social welfare entity Lions club Ennasr, organised an informative session day for pupils and young students of the primary school of Chaker Neighborhood at Borj Touil region (Tunisia) to raise awareness on the importance of water and its role to play in the climate change adaptation.

The participants, pupils between 9 and 11 years old, were informed on the topic of water and climate change and could then exchange with researchers from INRGREF involved in the EU-funded FASTER project. The main themes considered were water resources cycle and the climate change impacts. During the activity, the FASTER members presented two different documentaries on valuing water resources and climate change to the young students.

After the screening, the students had the opportunity to ask all their questions to the researchers and fulfill their curiosities on the topics presented, which led to some very interesting discussions. The children showed strong engagement and proactivity expressing their ideas and sharing their visions on the aspects of water resources and climate change in their own environment.

They discussed together on the importance of water in their lives, and on the actions and changes of behavior they need to take to preserve this precious resource, with some very encouraging learnings and perspectives for the future.

The event gathered about 50 participants, including 40 pupils aged between 9 and 11 years and 10 teachers and organizers.

What is the World Water Day?

On the 22nd of March 2020, the #WorldWaterDay was celebrated to raise awareness on the importance of water. The UN-Water organises this global awareness day. This year’s theme, “Water and Climate Change”, explores how water and climate change are inextricably linked, and puts forward the messages that:

  • We cannot afford to wait. Climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans.
  • Water can help fight climate change. There are sustainable, affordable and scalable water and sanitation solutions.
  • Everyone has a role to play. In our daily lives, there are surprisingly easy steps we can all take to address climate change.

Explore this year’s theme and browse inspiring stories on the official website of the World Water Day.

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