FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2016
BOZEMAN, Mont. — A program developed to reach two million people worldwide with water conservation and hygiene education is proving useful, a new survey reveals. The May 2016 survey shows that the Clean and Conserve Education Program—developed by the Project WET Foundation with sponsorship from the global water, hygiene and energy technologies and services company Ecolab—is impacting people of all ages in multiple countries around the world.
Ecolab employees were among the most enthusiastic adopters of the program. An Ecolab employee in Egypt reported sharing the materials with more than 50 colleagues in his local chapter of the Society of Safety Engineers, saying that it had been “great” to use the materials with his professional network. A group of Ecolab employees in the UK visited two local schools and found that the program was “very well received by all,” adding that additional schools have already asked to be included in future events. An Ecolab employee in Mexico was part of a water festival that reached more than 200 students.
Plenty of respondents had no Ecolab connection, however. A U.S. classroom teacher indicated that she had used the activities with second- and third-graders to teach proper hand-washing techniques and that she hoped to add the activities into other grade levels in coming years. “The students were engaged and eager to participate,” she said. Troop leaders for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts wrote about their use of the materials, with a Girl Scout leader noting that she had used the lessons as part of the troop’s “Save Our Planet” patch workshops. “The girls love the lessons, and they tie perfectly into our conversations about water conservation,” she said.
young woman in India who learned about the program through WorldMerit, a platform for young global citizens working collaboratively to make the world better, stands as the individual who so far has reached the most people with Clean and Conserve. After adapting the materials for her local context, she visited schools and educated more than 1,000 children about the importance of hygiene for good health. She plans to visit more schools and is seeking ways to get the curriculum recognized by school officials so that teachers can use it with their students.A
A suite of four publications combined with digital training and learning activities, the Clean and Conserve program launched in English in March 2015. Since then, the materials have been released in French for Canada, Portuguese for Brazil, Spanish for Mexico and Mandarin. German-language materials are scheduled for completion later this year.
The survey was conducted among people who had downloaded the materials or taken an online training course at the Clean and Conserve website. Those who opted in will be eligible for upcoming WaterStar awards recognizing outstanding contributions to water conservation and hygiene education.