WaterStar: Environmental Education and Conservation Organization of Pakistan

WaterstarThis is the latest in a series of posts highlighting people and organizations around the world that embody the ideals of the Clean and Conserve Education Program: making the world a safer and healthier place through water conservation and hygiene education. WaterStars will receive printed copies of each book as well as enamel WaterStar pins to recognize their work. Any individual or organization that has used Clean and Conserve materials is eligible for consideration to be a WaterStar award winner. Submit your story to learn more.

EECO logoA Project WET partner since 2016, the Environmental Education and Conservation Organization (EECO) of Pakistan has enthusiastically adopted the Clean and Conserve education materials as part of their varied work. Located in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, EECO is a nonprofit environmental organization working to conserve natural ecosystems, promote environmental education, energy conservation and climate change adaptability, and protect wildlife and habitats along to safeguard biological diversity. We asked the head of EECO, Asif Shafiq, to tell us more about what EECO does and how they are using Clean and Conserve as part of their efforts in youth education.

EECO uses Clean and Conserve materials to teach about water conservation and hygieneEECO uses Clean and Conserve materials to teach about water conservation and hygiene “We try to inspire youth from an early age to be advocates within their own families, schools and communities for healthy environments and conservation, so we use interactive mediums such as Theatre & Puppets and other forms of environmental art competitions to engage and educate school children about environment and how they can play their role in conservation,” Asif explained.

EECO uses this Green Bus as part of its educational programsEECO uses this Green Bus as part of its educational programs Since first accessing the Clean and Conserve materials online through the end of 2016, EECO trained approximately 150 educators using not only the Activity Guide for educators but also the Water Science Project Guide. They also reached more than 9,000 students with water conservation and hygiene education.

“Our Green Bus travels to schools, universities and communities to conduct workshops, screen videos and conduct Clean and Conserve activities for underprivileged children,” Asif said. “Clean and Conserve has been a very useful resource because the activities don’t require a lot of setup, and teachers can easily be trained to use the activities as well.”

EECO volunteers visit classrooms to teach about water and the environmentEECO volunteers visit classrooms to teach about water and the environment The Clean and Conserve Education Program, developed through the partnership between the Project WET Foundation and Ecolab, includes lessons, activities and other learning resources for children and youth ages three through 18, as well as educators. Visit the Clean and Conserve page to learn more. Originally published in English, Clean and Conserve materials are available in Chinese, Spanish for Mexico, French for Canada and Portuguese for Brazil (French and Portuguese materials are available for download from the English-language page). German-language materials will be available soon.

 

 

 

Other WaterStars:

Joseph Dabuo of Ghana (June 23, 2016)

Ashley Satterfield of the USA (July 20, 2016)

Supriya Khound of India (October 25, 2016)

Jamice Obianyo of the USA (January 19, 2017)

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