Providing wide-ranging teacher training and educational programmes in water, science and climate change education, the Waterschool China Programme seeks to educate young citizens and engage communities throughout China in ways that enable them to become active participants in sustainable water resource management.
From its origins in the Yangtze River basin in 2008, the Programme now extends to four river basins across China, and has reached 173,000 students through the formal education system as well as many communities and organisations in selected watersheds.
The Programme works in five key areas: teacher training, school activities, community action, resource development, and linking and learning at national and international levels. Project teams at different levels have been established and developed through individual and institutional capacity building.
The learning platform is designed to include facilitation of information sharing among schools, communities and coordination centers as well as collate and publish regional educational resources developed. Through working with the Ministry of Education, knowledge and expertise from local, regional and national levels feed into policy within China’s Education Reforms.
A suite of textbooks and curriculum packs has been developed specific to each watershed, and a model for yearly teacher training workshops and regular communication to create a learning and sharing platform have been developed. The programme achieved a major milestone when case studies from the project were used to inform the introduction of the first ever national-level curriculum on environmental education in China.
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with RUFORUM will deliver an online course (in English and French) AGORA Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture 10 – 21 September 2018. The course aims to deliver knowledge about the fundamentals of information literacy competencies and develop necessary skills to access and effectively use AGORA.
The Online Course on AGORA will be provided in English and French. It consists of two units and five lessons as follows:
Unit 1: Identify, Access and Use Information Resources
Unit 2: Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)
The course lasts for two-weeks and requires for six-hour time commitment on average per week.
Who can apply?
The course is designed specifically to serve the needs of researchers, academics, research officers, librarians, IT specialists, other practitioners and students in agriculture and relevant fields such as forestry, fisheries, climate, food security and related sciences from:
How to register?
Please submit your application through the following online forms by 3rd of September 23:00 CET (Central European Time).
Deadline for applications: 3 September 2018 23:00 CET
Details in French
The AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) programme, set up by the FAO together with major publishers, enables low-income countries to gain free or low cost access to an outstanding digital collection in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, climate, food security and related sciences. AGORA offers up to 10,500 key journals and 26,500 e-books providing full-text to more than 3,400 institutions in more than 115 countries. AGORA is one of the five programmes that make up Research4Life: AGORA, HINARI, OARE, ARDI and GOALI.
This year’s competition asks participants to build models using collected waste (e.g. plastic, cardboard, wood) found while safely exploring their neighbourhoods (or visiting the beach, parks, lakes…) and construct their design by combining together with items such as glue and staples to assist in assembly (for example glue, staples etc.). The main structure should only consist of items collected outside.
Submissions should be documented, to include where the waste came from with a short video or with images + a description.
Who can enter?
This competition is open to students from all countries attending public, private or home schools, between the ages of 11 and 18 years old.
How entries will be judged
The judges will score and rank the entry videos/images based on the following criteria:
The organisers will also invite the public to have a portion of the vote using the model images provided.
There is a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and all winners will be published on the Learning Zone website and shared on their social media channels.
The competition runs from 31 Oct 2018. Judging will take place in the last two weeks of September, and the winner will be announced on the 15th November (mark your calendars!).
Hardwarethon is getting ready for its fifth inventor’s contest. This year, the capabilities and creativeness of 15 teams, with members from more than 20 different disciplines, will be tested to solve innovative technological challenges and develop functional prototypes. In this particular edition, they will seek to generate solutions with a global implication, focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In the vision of the Hardwarethon organisers, technology bears the potential to be a key sector in generating creative ways to tackle macro issues and it is the hope that this contest could be a chance to bring out original solutions with a high impact on sustainability and society.
Developed four years ago by six Costa Rican engineers and technology enthusiasts, Hardwarethon was inspired by the desire to empower people to advance innovative ideas and thereby promote social and economic development, not just in Costa Rica, it has also ‘cranked out’ many new projects in Colombia and Nicaragua.
Prior to the competition, the selected teams attend a week-long workshop where they are trained and taught about creative thinking, current technological and maker trends, business models and, problem and market validation, in order to face the 48-hour challenge and develop their start-up projects.
Hardwarethon is organised by Imagine XYZ and this year will be hosted by the Texas Tech University of Costa Rica with the support of Fundecooperación.
You can find more about the experience through two short documentaries (in Spanish) on YouTube:
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has published news of two pieces of research that not only indicate that mass radio campaigns encourage prompt care-seeking but also suggest that “this type of intervention could be one of the most cost-effective ways to improve child health in low and middle-income countries.”
The first study included data from a randomised controlled trial in rural Burkina Faso, showing a radio health campaign significantly increased under-five consultations at primary health centres for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. Professor Simon Cousens of LSHTM led the evaluation reported that: “Pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhoea are the three of the biggest killers of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Ensuring that these children get appropriate treatment is a global priority. This research provides evidence that mass media has an important role to play in persuading parents to seek life-saving treatment for children.”
The second study used the mortality predictions for Burkina Faso and other countries to calculate the cost-effectiveness of mass radio campaigns. Roy Head of Development Media International (DMI) who designed and led this work in partnership with LSHTM reported: “What this study shows is that using mass media to drive people to health centres is actually more cost-effective than almost anything on earth in terms of saving children’s lives. And that makes sense – it reaches millions of people at a time – but this is the first time it has been shown in a scientific trial.”
Murray J, Head R, Sarrassat S, Hollowell J, Remes P, Lavoie M, Borghi, J, Kasteng F, Meda N, Badolo, H, Ouedraogo, Bambara R, Cousens, S. Modelling the effect of a mass radio campaign on child mortality using facility utilisation and the Lives Saved Tool (LiST): findings from a cluster randomised trial BMJ Global Health, DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2018-000808
Kasteng F, Murray J, Cousens S, Sarrassat S, Steel J, Meda N, Ouedraog, M. Head, R. Borghi, J. Cost-effectiveness and economies of scale of a mass radio campaign to promote household life-saving practices in Burkina Faso. BMJ Global Health. DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2018-000809
Closing date for both prizes 20 August 2018
The United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that monitors, guides, and accelerates action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meets in New York July 9th to 20th (started this week!). For the purpose of highlighting the impact of social change, behaviour change, informed and engaged societies strategies, as well as to share the learning from all of our work, the Colombia Government Mission to the United Nations, UNICEF, and the Global Alliance for Social and Behaviour Change Communication - Informed and Engaged Societies have organised an event on Tuesday July 17th focused on Cities (SDG 11) and Water and Sanitation (SDG 6) - two of the SDGs that are the focus for this HLPF.
The concept note for the event is available from RAISED HANDS event outline and support materials - concept note and flyer.
The focus is on the demonstrated impact of ongoing work - for example, 86% reduction in poverty and 95% reduction in murders in Medellín; globally improved drinking water sources up from 76% to 91%; and use of improved sanitation facilities rising from 54% to 68%.
This event is also designed to support work through the engagement of government officials, funders, and senior staff in learning about and reviewing the impact and effectiveness of social change, behaviour change, and informed and engaged societies strategies and action. In order to ensure that it has impact with the extensive group of officials, policymakers, and funders who will be in New York for the HLPF, the organisers would like to ask us all to do the following by Friday 13th (today):
Earlier this year, the university-based program Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) finalized four new animations on Tuberculosis (TB):
Since then, SAWBO has been pursuing translations for these animations in order to spread this knowledge as far as possible. At the end of June they announced the availability of three additional languages:
In Portuguese (accent from Mozambique)
In Lomwe (accent from Mozambique)
SAWBO is already in the process of completing more language versions and we will alert you to the new versions as they become available.
to Drs. Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro who have been announced as the
2018 World Food Prize Laureates.
The Prize rewards their individual but complementary global leadership in elevating maternal and child undernutrition within the food security and development dialogue at national and international levels with the result of reducing the world’s number of malnourished children by 10 million between 2012 and 2017.