October 2021

Work & Travel

2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Miruna Ilieș (Romania)   Each team started their day by working on their cases. For several hours, everyone worked together to meet their goals. By now, we had gone through some intense training and researching, and we are even more dedicated than when we started.     After all the intense work, we took a break to fully enjoy all the light that the sun had to offer; we went on a bike adventure! But before that, some of us received lessons on how to ride a bike.       The experiment failed, but we gained lots of memories.   The  trip was wonderful with lots of beautiful views, national parks and bridges to cross; and most importantly, it was fun! By biking to different spots, we visited many interesting projects that were implemented in the area or that are going to be implemented in the near future. At the end, we also gained more knowledge on the developments in the...

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W@tskills India II

Co-Create Your Water And Sustainability Solutions For Maharashtra State! Online W@tskills Event in India! Wetskills and partners are proud to announce the second fully online W@tskills edition for India, the sixth overall in this subcontinent and the fourth online version of Wetskills. We are looking for participants from various states in India, but also international participants. This event is free of charge, so why not co-creating your Wetskills experience? Go to the website and register online: https://wetskills.com/event/wetskills-india-mumbai-2021/. More information: Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com....

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Wetskills Diversity

2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Kawthar AlBalushi (Sultanate of Oman)   I had an exciting day working together with my team digging to find a solution for our case that has been assigned to us. I saw the participants’ eagerness from other teams as well, and I believe we will all come up with great ideas and innovative solutions by the end of the program.   Today we had pitch and poster training, there were many valuable things to learn and tips to consider when we make a pitch. We had fun practicing pitches with prepared and non-prepared subjects to speak about within 30 seconds. That was challenging! Comments of everyone’s pitches and the way of improvement was discussed.                         Finally, we ended our day with international food event from different countries (Romania, Oman, Palestine, Taiwan, China, South Africa, and Netherlands) representing the diversity of Wetskills participants. We had different traditional types of appetizers, main dishes and desserts...

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First Beginnings

2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Giovanni Arah van de Weg   Today was one of the first days of working on our challenges. After team building for the first few days, it was nice to start working on the project and to really think out the next steps in the Plan of Action. It gave us guidance and direction as to what to focus on and where to go. I am sure all groups have made good progress with regards to the challenges. But then it’s always to remember that a plan is a plan, and for plans to work - sometimes you need to be flexible enough to change the plan. As in the words of Marcel: “The schedule [planning of the week], is flexible. You can make the plan, change the plan. If you have good ideas, change the plan because the plan is not rigid, and it can be changed.”   Today I...

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Professional Tour

2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Hayam Rashid Al-Balushi (Oman)   On Monday (25/10/2021), at 9:00 AM, all groups gathered together at the hostel to start the professional tour around Amsterdam with Waternet company guides. We did a lot of walking around the lower area of Amsterdam while it was raining. It is wonderful. Guided by Mr. Frank from the Waternet company, we went to the maintenance area in Amsterdam where he told us about how the area was rehabilitated to be a suitable area for people to live in it. He told us that it was refilled by sand and paved to qualify it to build buildings. We walked around the area through the beautiful paths in one of the parks in the area, and took a lot of beautiful pictures.       Then he showed us sewage pumping station that takes sewage water from the houses through the pipes directly to water treatment station.       Then we went to...

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Sunny days and the Crazy 88

2021 Wetskills Netherlands By Karabo Mokoena (South Africa)   The sun welcomed us like a warm hug to Zeemburg, as participants from different cities met and warmed up to the upcoming week of authentic learning and international networking. After a tram trip to the city centre, participants enjoyed a boat ride around the beautiful city of Amsterdam and learned about its amazing.   To break the ice and to encourage socialising between participant, we were subjected to a crazy 88 game challenge between two teams, that required us to do some “questionable” tasks that were fun and definitely showed the competitiveness of some members. We had tree hugging, serious marking, and innovative ways to make sure we knew the covid rules and the appropriate way to wear a mask during a pandemic.   To end the beautiful day, we had a fun and interactive dinner at a lovely restaurant to start the programme with a bang!...

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Follow Wetskills-The Netherlands 2021

After being hit by the global COVID19 pandemic, Wetskills Foundation hosted various virtual and hybrid events while unfortunately postponing some events due to restrictions and increased positive cases globally. As of 24 October 2021, the 8th hybrid Wetskills Netherlands water challenge (51st global Wetskills event) has started where 15 participants (12 offline and 3 joining online) will work together for two weeks in Amsterdam to come up with innovative, scalable and sustainable out of the box solutions for the 3 case studies from Water Authority Drents Overijsselse Delta, Blue Deal programme by Dutch Water Authorities and Water Authority Limburg.   The participants from this year’s Wetskills Netherlands 2021 water challenge are from South Africa, Oman, Palestine, China, Romania, The Netherlands and Taiwan under the supervision of Marcel Rompelman and Odwa Ntsika Mtembu. The participants are working in teams of five on the following cases: A future-proof water system from Water Authority Drents...

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