YOUTH ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
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Since youth accounts for around 1/3rd population of India, youth engagement becomes a vital process to achieve IWP’s vision of “a water-secure India”. The strategic objective for youth engagement is to aspire active contribution of the young population to create an enabling environment that engages youth in water resources management activities, develop the capacity of youth as future leaders within the water sector, and enhance youth voices across India. India Water Partnership aligned to its commitment towards the GWP’s Youth Strategy – ‘Unite and strengthen voices of youth for a water-secure world’, since 2015 reserves a part of its fund to engage the students and young professionals and include their voices to address water issues and restructure water management practices. All Youth Engagement activities at IWP are drawn on three pillars:
Mobilization of youth in water management and at the same time address the question of how stakeholders engaged in the water sector can leverage the expertise of youth to restructure water management practices as well as influence and support youth participation in water-related issues.
Sensitization and education of youth about water concerns and related issues through workshops, training, fellowships and other interactive sessions, imbibes a sense of responsibility among the young population for managing the water resources towards the goals of sustainability and self-reliance.
Dissemination of proper water education to masses in general through participation youth in could be useful in addressing the issues related to environment conflict, climate change and sustainable development.
Over 500 school students and 150 university students involved in our outreach over the years.
Around 200 youth trained as Hindon Youth Champions of Change (HYCC) will act as change agents.
Organised 5 Water Walks, more than 20 quizzes and interactive session for students.
Over 20 schools, universities and educational institutes engaged till date.
5 Water Youth Champions trained in Cohort 1.0 in 2019 and 13 Water Youth Champions engaged in 2020 in Cohort 2.0.
INR_____ spent over youth activities in the last 5 years.
Youth Engagement Activities: Yearly
- Water Champions Youth Fellowship Programme, 2020 (Edition 2.0):
Through this activity, the fellows will get an experiential learning opportunity, a 360-degree on ground exposure to water concerns and will work on developing innovative solutions as they learn and implement new skills. The non-government organizations, sector specialists, CSR foundations, government organizations, academic and research institutions that will engage the fellows will in turn be benefited from the young and empowered minds of the fellows.
- Baseline Survey for Youth and Young Professional Platform of South Asia:
The Global Water Partnership – South Asia has started discussing the idea of forming a Youth and Young Professional Platform of South Asia (YYPP) with youth, educational institutes and its six CWPs. The main objective for formation of ‘Youth & Young Water Professionals Platform of South Asia’ is to formalize a cohesive youth platform/program in the region for empowering, strengthening, and enhancing the GWP water youth country ambassadors, NGO networks, and professionals in the countries. The platform will also contribute to building capacities, knowledge and innovations in higher education by addressing Integrated Water Resources Management and the programmatic areas of GWP. India Water Partnership (IWP) carried out desk research and document analysis and accordingly developed a baseline survey questionnaire. A report based on the responses received from different organizations/ individuals.
- Water Champions Youth Fellowship Programme, 2019 (Edition 1.0):
A six-month intensive Fellowship was aimed at empowering young leaders by providing them with relevant and comprehensive work experience in the water sector. The Fellowship programme was also aligned towards the GWP’s Youth Strategy: “unite and strengthen voices of youth for a water-secure world”. This activity is an added step towards building awareness on efficient water management for the next generation leaders. The initiative was focussed on students pursuing bachelor and master degree in subjects related to the environment, sustainability or water issues in universities across Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). The inaugural edition of 2019 Fellowship programme was launched with five Fellows in Delhi, India to build their capacities to understand & appreciate the issues of water conservation. The capacity building & practical orientation, mentoring, contributing to proposing a water-smart solution, monitoring, documenting and communicating the learnings were the key ingredients for the success of this programme.
- Water and Climate Change Resilient Youth Champions and Communities in the Hindon River Basin (PHASE II):
The Phase II of the Programme was launched in two districts in Western Uttar Pradesh – Meerut and Shamli in 2018. Children and youth are the future of our nation and the influencers of change. They were hence an important stakeholder group if future attitudes need to be moulded towards conservation. The training of teachers and youth as Hindon Youth Champions of Change (HYCC) was conducted as per the interactive Capacity Building Information Booklet on Water Security and Climate Change. The Hindon Inter-district Quiz was prepared in three rounds – intra-school, inter-school and the third and final round of the Inter-district Hindon Quiz. The final round was conducted at the Hindon Mela, organised at the Janta Inter College, Kaithwari, Meerut presided over by the Chief Guest, Assistant Development Officer (ADO), Rohta Block, Meerut, Shri Vivek Anand and the Guest of Honour being Shri Sachin, Block Development Officer (BDO), Rohta Block, Meerut. Around 400 students from the two intervention districts of Shamli and Meerut were engaged in the entire quiz rounds. A separate set of more than 20 games categorised as Openers, Energisers, Review Games, Team Builders, and Evaluation Games was created as a handy resource for trainers. This helped the trainers to keep the interest and motivation levels up during the training. Openers helped participants to overcome their initial hesitation; Energizers helped to recharge the mind and body mid-session; Review Games helped to take stock of the understanding levels; Team Building Games shook off differences and ego issues, and the Evaluation Games acted as an important tool to generate honest feedback on the pros and cons of the training schedule.
- Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation in Ajmer, Rajasthan:
An inter-school drawing and painting competition was organised on 28th July 2018 in the Tikam Chand Government Senior Secondary School located in ward 60. Around 80 students from 5 schools located within ward 60 participated in the competition. The competition was organised with the students of 9th standard on the theme of water conservation and a clean environment. A short quiz was also conducted with the students. They were asked questions related to the categorization of dry and wet waste about which they answered well. They were informed about the importance of local water bodies and the impact of solid waste management on these water bodies. Importance of the cloth bags over the plastic bags was also shared with them. In the discussion, some of the students also gave suggestions regarding improving solid waste management and improving the conditions of local water bodies and natural drains. ICLEI South Asia in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation and Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) organised IEC activities in three schools. These IEC activities included organising drawing and painting competition between students of class 10th to 12th and to promote the waste segregation in the city a video clip from the Swachh Bharat Mission portal was shown to the students and later questions were asked to them. A rally was also organised in these schools in their nearby areas. An animated clip of 10 minutes was shown to the students in a classroom through a projector to provide information on the categories of waste with their detailed subcategories, use of dustbins and its importance. Emphasis was given on the importance of the segregation of the waste and its safe disposal after segregated collection. An overview of the dumping sites in different cities of India was also shown. Cleanliness and use of dustbins were very well taught through the animated clip.
- Water and Climate Change Resilient Youth Champions and Communities in the Hindon River Basin (Phase I):
The first Phase of the programme was implemented in three districts which lie on the Hindon River Basin: Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Saharanpur. Two villages were selected per district. Lalyana and Tavelagarhi (Baghpat); Surana/Suthari and Rawli (Ghaziabad), and Maheshpur and Shimlana (Saharanpur). The institutions at the inter college level as middle to senior school students were considered to be an appropriate age group (12-18 years) to engage with for Water Security and Climate Change issues in their areas, as they were better suited in terms of understanding and maturity levels to grasp the topic.
The training of teachers was conducted as per the interactive Capacity Building Information Booklet on Water Security and Climate Change. Twenty hours of training was imparted in a span of three days. The teachers came from the Maharana Pratap Memorial Inter College (Shimlana), Amar Shahid Shambhu Singh Inter College (Maheshpur), Nehru Smarak Vidyalaya Inter College (Surana), Gandhi Vidyalaya Inter College (Rawli), Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Memorial Inter College (Lalyana), and Ved Vidya Mandir Inter College (Tavelagarhi). The capacity building workshops for the Hindon Youth Champions of Change (HYCC), and subsequently, for the women and farmer groups (conducted by the Hindon Youth Champions of Change) engaged close to 100 youth in the six gram panchayats. The Inter-district Hindon Quiz was prepared in three rounds – intra-school, inter-school and the third & final round of the Inter-district Hindon Quiz. The final round was conducted at the Hindon Mela, organised at the Office of the Divisional Commissioner, Meerut presided over by the Chief Guest, the Hon’ble Divisional Commissioner. Around 600 students from the three intervention districts were engaged in the quiz. A separate set of more than 20 games categorised as Openers, Energisers, Review Games, Team Builders, and Evaluation Games was created as a handy resource for trainers. This helped the trainers to keep the interest and motivation levels up during the trainings. Read the report at……
- Engaging youth for promoting Safe Drinking Water in selected villages of Bihar:
This project involved running a campaign of building awareness among the communities of selected villages of Bihar with prime objective to stimulate behavioural change towards safe drinking water. 37 villages having arsenic, iron and biological contamination in water were selected and the villagers were made aware about the issue of safe drinking water through India Water Partnership Youth ambassadors. Training programs were conducted from July to December, 2016 and five youths were trained on the household water treatment, water cycle and water resources, multi-barrier approach etc. Read the report at……
- Walk for Water by students:
India Water Partnership celebrated World Water Day-2015 on 22nd March 2015 in association with Municipal Corporation, Gurugram. The event was inaugurated by Mr T. L. Satya Prakash, I.A.S., Deputy Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon and jointly coordinated by Mr Parminder Kataria, Deputy Mayor, Gurugram and Dr Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership. At end of the function, Walk for Water was organized wherein the participants including students and the community walked for around 2 km on different roads of Gurugram.
- Capacity building of engineering students and masons for Construction of Low-Cost Water Storage Structures:
To facilitate and promote knowledge sharing on rainwater storage in the water-stressed areas, India Water Partnership (IWP) with the support of one of its network partners – Indian Water Works Association (IWWA), Mumbai, organized capacity building programmes for engineering students and masons on the construction of low-cost water storage structures. As part of it, a training program on water conservation was organized at College of Engineering Ambejogai, District Beed, Maharashtra on 23rd November 2015, in which 100 engineering students participated in the practical session.