From April 2 to 4, Bioforce, Action Against Hunger and the German-Jordanian University brought together in Amman (Jordan) the main stakeholders* in water, hygiene and sanitation in the Middle East for a workshop devoted to the preparation of the teaching sheets for the first Master's degree in Water, Hygiene and Sanitation in this region of the world.
The Middle East has enormous humanitarian needs as a result of ongoing conflicts, chronic water scarcity, the impact of climate change, etc., particularly in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene.The need for skilled human resources in this sector is extremely strong: creating a pool of regional qualified professionals is a sustainable response to the major water needs challenges in this region of the world. This is what motivated Action Contre la Faim, the German-Jordanian University and Bioforce to launch the design of a Master's degree in water, hygiene and humanitarian sanitation in 2018. This project is supported by OFDA and Unicef, and Bioforce was mandated to lead the entire preparation and implementation phase.
At the end of 2018, an extensive regional consultation process began with international NGOs operating in the Middle East, the United Nations, universities and local NGOs, which resulted in the definition of a core competence framework and a pedagogical model. Presented during the April workshop, the model was adapted into teaching sheets for all training units. Next step: the development of all the content (teaching materials and scenarios) planned for the end of 2019.
*Cewas (Switzerland), Acted, Care, Oxfam, UNHCR, UNICEF, Baghdad University, BGR, EMPHNET (the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network), ACWUA (The Arab Countries Water Utilities Association), BORDA, ECHO, SDC.
Photo : ACF JO WASH - Aida Burnett Cargill