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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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A wholesome online WetSkills SA experience

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Sbusiso Khuboni, Kimara Moodley (South Africa), Mpho Ramothole (South Africa) & Paul Notenboom (Netherlands)   The first day was of course not like the usual offline event, we met ‘online’… not in the DMs but everyone’s video was all ready for on fleek first impressions. A diverse group of participants.   [caption id="attachment_58156" align="alignleft" width="300"] Plenary session[/caption] Mixing business with pleasure… All participants were excited and eager to experience this different kind of WetSkills SA Challenge. As soon as cases were introduced, the enthusiasm was not as 100% as the morning of the first day hahahaha – some landed on cases they prayed hard not to get.     For most of the days, it was serious business packed with literature review, brainstorming and sharing of ideas all in the aim to find solutions to the cases… Work and deliverables piled up; but the afternoon to evening social chills did help to unwind and be...

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And the winner is…

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Karabo Mokoena,  Thandilizwe Bengeza (South Africa). Zintle Mbeka (South Africa) and Wessel de Beer (Netherlands),   8th of March: D-day!   The tension was there from the moment everyone woke up: it was D-day. In terms of tension, it was nothing like D-day in 1944, but it was very close to the D-days that mark the end of international soccer transfer periods. The day began with a little speech from one of our supervisors, Phomolo.   [caption id="attachment_58171" align="alignleft" width="300"] Phomolo is a supporter of Manchester United and he is not afraid to show it.[/caption]   As a Manchester United supporter, he is used to dealing with the stress that D-days bring.           The assignment was clear: finish the pitch, the poster, and the paper. After a very enjoyable week, it was suddenly clear again that we were competing. And when the excitement is at its highest… everything goes wrong. Imagine completely changing the poster you were working...

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Getting close to the end, the temperature and pressure rise.

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Mashila Phihlela, Lutendo Nemayhola (South Africa), Tshepang Kgositau (South Africa) and Gerben van Muiswinkel (The Netherlands)   Day 8: Hard work and loosening up in the social We worked on the feedback we received from the meetings on Thursday. Getting the focus right in the reports and posters proved difficult for some of the groups, but with the help of the supervisors and good discussions all teams got there. The Social meeting lasted 4 hours and we had some good fun over some drinks and our WhatsApp chat exploded with GIF images and stickers. Our friendly, not so friendly, South African supervisor defied the current hot weather conditions of the country during our morning plenary session.   Day 9: From hangovers to being grilled by supervisors We were guided through our learning process by His Lordship Lindelwa. He was full of energy and showed us how to build a poster in no time. We continued...

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“Not entirely virtual, Field trip involved”

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Sharon Setshedi, Masha Makgwale, Wendy Dube (South Africa) and Sebastiaan Haverkate ( Netherlands)   Day 5: Communication style - Pitch & Poster                                 On the fifth day of the Wetskills competition, we were launched into the program with a cheerful reflection session. In the session, our supervisors (facilitated by Phomolo Khonthu) asked us to reflect on whether assigned groups were working well and if we had a good understanding of the cases we were working on. The session was then followed by a presentation done by Ms Nobulali Mtikitiki from the Department of Water and Sanitation on bursaries in the water sector. The presentation was very informative and gave insight on the available opportunities. We were then trained by our supervisors (Ioana Dobrescu and Peter de Jong) on how to present an effective 2-minute pitch as well as creating a winning poster. A creative presentation accompanied this training session, and this made...

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Virtual Challenge: Is it as fun as an offline event….?

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Nkhensani Tshidzumba, Awodwa Magingi, Lindelwa Ndhlovu (South Africa) Janne Brouwers and Renate Heemskerk (Netherlands)   25th of February: Name Pronunciation! Unfortunately we didn't start our journey in the car or plane to meet each other; we met online and started to know each other a little bit better. “HI EVERYONE” Everybody introduces themselves with a picture and in the meanwhile the energy of Odwa Ntsika Mtembu (one of the supervisors) is blowing through our screens. The participants were allocated the case studies and were able to meet their members for the first time. [caption id="attachment_58106" align="alignright" width="321"] Plenary- Trying to pronounce different names[/caption] How do these look like?! You will see some awesome pics below. Sometimes you will see the joy but also the serious approach and listening style is visible on our faces! We also talked with our case owners. So many ideas were shared, that at the end, your head was spinning...

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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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