Wetskills-Zimbabwe (Bulawayo) 2024

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Wetskills-Zimbabwe (Bulawayo) 2024

September 13 - September 26

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Wetskills-Zimbabwe 2024: Fostering Youth-Driven Resilience Solutions for Hydroclimatic Challenges

Discover the charm and beauty of Bulawayo, the City of Kings, during an enriching fortnight dedicated to water innovation. The Wetskills Foundation, in collaboration with the Bulawayo City Council and the esteemed National University of Science and Technology (NUST), is proud to introduce the inaugural Wetskills Challenge in Zimbabwe. From the 13th to the 26th of September 2024, join a diverse cohort of local, regional, and international students, recent graduates, and young professionals in the water sector. Together, we’ll address pressing challenges amplified by climate change and human activities, including droughts, floods, and water quality degradation.

Experience a unique blend of hands-on learning, networking, and knowledge exchange. Participants will not only develop creative solutions to sustainable agriculture, climate-smart solutions, water reuse, catchment management initiatives, improved water resource management, and entrepreneurship aligned with water resilience and sustainability in Zimbabwe and beyond but also gain practical skills that will be invaluable in their future careers.

Set against the backdrop of Bulawayo, a city currently navigating a drought and thirsting for climate resilience solutions, this Wetskills Challenge holds a pivotal role in the global sustainability discourse. Your participation is not just a chance to learn and grow but a significant opportunity to contribute to the global effort. Work alongside interdisciplinary teams, tackling real-world cases provided by local and international partners. Together, we’ll address water scarcity, enhance water quality, and innovate water management strategies in the context of climate change.

We invite you to join us, whether you’re a final-year bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD student, a recent graduate, or a young professional with a passion for water and sustainability. The Wetskills Challenge offers a valuable platform for growth, networking, and innovation, encapsulated in our renowned ‘pressure cooker’ problem-solving approach. This unique learning environment is designed to bring out the best in you. Your journey to shaping a sustainable future starts here! Apply now using the link on the right.

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Deadline for registrations: 15 July 2024

After this deadline, every week a selection of the new applications is made until the program is full.

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Registration deadline: 15 July 2024
After this deadline, a selection of new applications is made every week until the program is full.

Who can apply?
Any Young Water Professionals (up to 5 years of working experience) and Bachelor (last year), Master or PhD students and recent graduates with a passion for water and intercultural teamwork from South(ern) Africa and beyond with a passion for water & sustainability and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?
Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the button on the right, fill out the online application form and submit it.

Selection criteria
The Wetskills Team will make a final selection among applications received, based on the quality of motivation & resume. We also consider a good diversity of the whole group (incl. backgrounds, local/international, gender balance, etc.).

The participation fee for the Wetskills program is €395 (excluding VAT, applicable only in Europe). This fee covers accommodation (in a hostel, with shared rooms), team-building activities, some, but not all, lunches and dinners, field trips, workshops, and working facilities. Participants are also responsible for their travel expenses (such as plane tickets and local transportation), meals on working days, and other personal costs.

Note: Wetskills Foundation and partners strive to lower costs for local participants, contact us for options. In previous Wetskills editions, participants have successfully secured financial support for their Wetskills participation from their universities or employers, utilising resources like mobility funds, travel allowances, training budgets, etc.

Joining this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your team!

  • You will develop expertise in international cooperation, problem-solving, cross-cultural understanding, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • You will hone your networking and presentation abilities through pitch and poster sessions
  • You will get the opportunity to connect with other international and regional water students/young professionals.
  • You will immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Bulawayo exploring water-related sites and engaging with local water professionals.
  • You will learn and deepen your understanding of the Zimbabwean water sector, gaining insights into key stakeholders, organisations, contemporary issues, and existing business opportunities.
  • Upon program completion, receive a certificate of participation, officially joining the ranks of over 1350 Wetskills Alumni.

More information

For additional information regarding participation and other details, please feel free to reach out to more information about participation and other information, you can contact Craig Tinashe Tanyanyiwa at craig.tinashe@wetskills.com and Johan Oost at johan.oost@wetskills.com.

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Wetskills Foundation and partners invite businesses, governments, knowledge institutes and NGOs to formulate one of the Challenges – for this event or another event – and support the Wetskills programme. Join us in this great next experience! For more information contact Johan Oost (Wetskills Foundation) (johan.oost@wetskills.com) or Craig Tinashe Tanyanyiwa (craig.tinashe@wetskills.com)

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September 13
September 26
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Private: Bulawayo
Bulawayo, Bulawayo Metropolitan Zimbabwe