Wednesday 23 March 2016

Amazing Amazons Mark World Water Day 2016

Today, March 22nd 2016 Is observed globally as the World Water Day. This is an international observance that creates the opportunity to learn more about water related issues.
Each year, UN-Water an arm of the United Nations Organization, which coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation, sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to any current or future challenge. This year’s theme is WATER AND JOBS with the hash tag #NoWaterNoJobs.
Today, almost half of the world’s workers – 1.5 billion people – work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labor rights.

On World Water Day, people everywhere show that they care and that they have the power to make a difference. They get inspired by information and use it to take action and change things.

The AMAZING AMAZON INITIATIVE typically show they care and are committed to make a difference. So in commemorating this year’s World Water Day, the Amazon team visited some Secondary schools in Lagos State today to teach students the Water Related Job opportunities that abound. The programme was proudly supported by FrieslandCampina Wamco who provided the students with Goodie Bags.

It was a very insightful and impactful exercise as the students were very excited to hear about other profession other than Law, Medicine, Architecture and the likes of them that have become a default aspirations of an average student faced with the decision of what career path to tow. During the very engaging session, the students learnt that nearly all jobs depend on water. They were also given examples of the Water Related Jobs to include;

Marine Scientist
Water Quality Analyst
Water Engineer/Architect
Water Design specialist
Marine Engineer
Nautical Scientist
HSE Manager
Maritime Standard and Assurance Officer
Offshore and Exploration
Wastewater Treatment Specialist
Disaster and Flood Risk Specialist
Water Policy Specialist
Marine Environment and Pollution Manager

The challenges facing Water Related Jobs were also highlighted and they are:
  • Pollution
  • Population Growth
  • Climate Change
  • Water scarcity
  • Perception
  • Expectations
  • Risk and Hazards
  • Shortage of Skilled Personnel
  • Investors and Availability of Finance
The students were overwhelmed by the revelation of these new information and opportunities as echoed in the School’s Vote of Thanks at the end of each school’s presentation. World Water Day is one of UN-Water’s campaigns that aim to inform, engage and inspire action. The Amazing Amazons were able to help the students focus on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives.

Source: IAspireBlog

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