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Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 Finals

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 by Shifa (Oman), Margo (South Africa) and Niurka (Mozambique)   05 November 2019- As the second day of the Amsterdam International Water Week started bright and early, wetskills members were hard at work practising for the very last time.   [caption id="attachment_56904" align="alignleft" width="261"] Lunch and briefing sessions with South Africa water sector delegation[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56902" align="alignright" width="188"] Odwa moderating the lunch and briefing session with South African water sector delegation[/caption] Organized by The Netherlands embassy in South Africa, the Southern African participants (South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, eSwatini and Zimbabwe) of 13 members attended a lunch with the Director- General of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (South Africa), Mr Tshangana where each representative from the six groups had 2 minutes to present their case and their solution. In addition to the DWS delegation, other delegates were executives from Umngeni Water, Mhlathuze and more.   In addition to this, discussions with the entire...

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“Let IWW Amsterdam International Water week Conference begin”

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 By Luyanda (eSwatini) & Asmahan (Oman)   4 November 2019: Waking up today was a struggle; from writing a report, pitching a poster, and making the final touchups on the poster, we realised that time was not on our side. As the day started, some delegates were busy with registration for the conference, while others were having coffee and mingling with other people.                                                                       We first attended the plenary opening where basically we were told the importance of the Amsterdam International water week from various leaders such as the Dutch Special Envoy for International water Affairs, Henk Ovink.    We then had to participate in the round table discussion, where we were expected to come up with solutions regarding whatever...

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Deadlines! Deadlines! Deadlines!

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 by Veerle (The Netherlands), Allyn (South Africa) & Almutamed (Oman)   03 November 2019: Today was all about finishing our paper and poster. After a busy week of working, today was the final day. All the work is done and now it is time to enjoy the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW).    In the afternoon half of the group practiced their pitches, the other half went to cafe De Balie to watch the movie ‘Thank you for the rain’.    After the movie, we went to a meet and greet to participant of the AIWW. We got to meet water professionals from all over the world creating a great environment for networking.                      During the the meet and greet we saw a performance by a South African theatrical group creating more awareness about water usage and a few future water leaders were invited for a dinner with the delegates to discuss water challenges.     ...

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From A to B Travel experiences

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 by Kalpana Maraj (South Africa) & Ismail Laghmiri (Netherlands)   It was an early start for us this morning as we prepared to travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. Chaos ensued as those of us staying at A&H attempted to haul our suitcases down the stairs but we eventually managed to get make it to Rotterdam Central Station on time.   Some of the delegation had arrived in Amsterdam earlier to find a place to watch the Rugby World Cup final which was South Africa vs England. The South Africans who arrived later (and other sports enthusiasts among us) streamed the match on the big screen at the hostel. Everyone was in high spirits when South Africa won the game and it was time to celebrate! But first we had to finish our draft paper and work on our pitch.   [caption id="attachment_56861" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Streaming of the Rugby World Cup Final at the hostel [/caption] Today...

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Challenge Skills

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 by Aslıhan (Turkey)   We started the day very sharp at the Jazz Cafe Dizzy working on our pitches and posters which will be presented at the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) on the 5th of November 2019, Tuesday. It was such a great but busy morning that some of us even missed the lunch break by working.     At 14:00, we started to present our draft pitches case by case given by the main and backup pitcher of each group. Afterwards, there was a poster feedback session to check each others' poster and comment on it, which was really helpful and smart. All in all, we gained ideas and opinions from each others' pitches and posters regarding creativity, innovation, intelligence, development, etc. In addition, it became a very tough challenge for some of us on time management and preparation for our formal pitches and poster representations ahead of AIWW!   Even...

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Pressure Cooking Day ‘’ No Solutions, No Poster, No Pitch Oops!!……’’ If you don’t have skill you cannot do it.

Wetskills The Netherlands by Sibongile (South Africa)   This day started very well everyone was on the tram on time 8h30 sharp!! heading to Hogeschool Rotterdam.                                                                      Today was a very exciting and practical day where everyone was given a chance to participate on. Ralph conducted a presentation on how to compile a good poster and what are the key things that should be considered in terms of the content i.e. title, problem, introduction and effectiveness.     Main purpose/ question of the poster: can you make a poster that can make someone understand without reading the small text in your poster?.. An exercise was done by all teams where they were rating 7 different posters and determine which one is the good and bad...

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“Jack becomes a dull boy”

Wetskills The Netherlands by Phomolo (Lesotho) & Arsenio (Mozambique)   All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work, makes Jack a mere toy. It was all work and no play on day 6 as the teams continued to work on their cases, some had to go back to the drawing board and refine ideas after some feedback from the supervisors, while other teams began putting flash to their skeletal ideas. The working place for today was Dizzy’s, but teams Green and Purple continued working at IHE Delft Institute of Water Education where they were meeting some experts to help in dressing up their respective solutions. Team Yellow visited Peatland Innovation Centre in the village of Zegveld and were welcomed by Erik Jansen (Projectleader at the Knowledge Program Soil Subsidence) in the Netherlands, who then explained the challenges and solutions of Peatland management.   [caption id="attachment_56784" align="alignright" width="300"]...

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Wetskills water challenge: redefining ‘challenge’ to mean teamwork

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 by Sandra (Zimbabwe) & Oscar (Panama)   Upon hearing the word “challenge” in the Wetskills Water Challenge (WWC), one would envision some form of division amongst participants with everyone being competitors. We sure had a similar picture in our minds when we came to the Netherlands for the WWC. Today, on the sixth day of the 14-day programme, we have since come to the realisation that this could not have been much further from what Wetskills is really about.   Today has been a journey of showcasing and focusing more on the teamwork aspect of the WWC. Some teams worked at the pumping station of the Rotterdam municipality whilst other teams went to work at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.   At the pumping station of Rotterdam municipality offices, the whole day was spent in teams as all participants worked on their case studies with Ralph and Odwa also to...

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“Work work work work work work (Rihanna’s rythem)”

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 by Ron (Israel)   Fifth day is here and the real work started!   After four amazing days of getting to know each other, traveling, partying and lots of free time - it's time to work!. Today's goal was to prepare an action plan for our case studies. My group was very lucky and we were able to meet with a lab technician related to our project. During the day we met five experts from different fields and conducted a "Brain Hurricane".    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="451"] Experts and participants during the brain hurricane briefing [/caption]       It's with no doubt that after two hours with them, the fog started to fade...

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“Wetskills 2019 Crazy 88 games by young future water leaders”

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 By Itani (South Africa) & Moza (Oman)   Everything started on a cold Sunday morning where we celebrated a fellow participant’s birthday, Mohammed (Palestine). It was great to see birthday wishes and songs coming from a variety of traditions and languages 😊   [caption id="attachment_56709" align="alignleft" width="225"] Feed a city pigeon[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56710" align="alignright" width="225"] Walk on hands and feet along a dog's leash[/caption]   "...

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