"Water: Knowledge for Management” is the largest scale project in Brazil with respect to training, education and social mobilization on water resources, as it is called. It offers 30.000 places in 33 free training courses in 3 modalities: Distance Education –Learning from Distance (EaD), part-time and self-instructional. Courses are offered in Portuguese and Spanish in order to train people for the management of water resources in Brazil and other Latin American countries.

By May 2015 over 11.000 people in Brazil and other Latin American countries have already been trained and over one million and six hundred thousand communication actions took place, six times more than the design of the project.

 

A - General Information 

 

START: 08/2011 (in progress)

EXECUTING ENTITY: Itaipu Technological Park Foundation – FPTI; National Water Agency – ANA

PRESENTED BYEloiza Dal Pozzo Chibiaqui 

RESOURCES: Owned

VALUE RANGE: Above US$ 25.000,00

CATEGORY: Project

MAIN SUBJECT AREA: Environment

KEY-WORDS: Water Resources; Water; Training; Education from Distance; Watershed Committees; Water Managing Agents; Civil Society.

TARGET PUBLIC: Members of watershed committees, institutions as part of the National Water System Resource Management – SINGREH, managing agents, young audience and other active people in portions related to the water subject.

LOCATION: Urban area

GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE: International

SPECIFIC AREA OF IMPLEMENTATION: Itaipu Technological Park.

 

 

B - Practice Description

 

1- BACKGROUND

The growing need for management improvement of water resources has led to its implementation. The demand for capability, since the creation of the National Water Resources Policy in 1997, has escalated significantly in comparison to the water shortages and the urge to professional coaching towards the management of water resources and young population. Before the project implementation, the National Water Agency – ANA offered some training courses in small and medium scale. As per ANA diligences to Itaipu Binational and to Itaipu Technological Park Foundation – FPTI, technicians and managers of the three institutions have spotted the common necessity of a building capacity of the players involved with the management of water resources into six key themes: Dam Safety; Hydrology and Hydrometry; Water quality; Planning and management of water resources; Education and social participation; Geo-processing.

In addition, the three institutions were observed in order to source proper human resources towards the development of a project on such referenced scale. ANA and Itaipu Binational had technicians and skilled professionals in the environmental area, and FPTI, which sourced the “water” as one of the subject guidance to strategic actions of the institution, not to mention the knowledge acquired in the areas of education from distance (EaD) and projects management.

 

2-  OVERALL GOAL

Empower people in Brazil and Latin America in order to promote proper water management.

Specific objectives:

- To train 10.000 people in 3 years;

- To promote coaching of young people towards water consciousness, as these will be the future managers of the resource;

- To spread actions of communication and social mobilization among to population in general;

- To contribute to the training of current and future public and private managers and the active participation of society in the management of water resources.

 

3 - ADOPTED SOLUTION

ANA, FPTI and Itaipu joined forces to promote educational activities and awareness by means of 33 free courses. The training needs occurred to ANA by certain demands descendant by institutions connected to the National System of Water Resources Management – SINGREH. The courses core indexes were structured by the head Project team with subcontracted staff in order to cater directly to the required needs.

The ones interested in training may log on to a website (www.aguaegestao.com.br) with versions in Portuguese and Spanish, where a list of courses are made enrollment available, attending classes schedule and other information in reference to the capabilities, such as target audience, the teaching program and the curriculum.

To attend courses, the applicant must register at the website providing information on the academic and professional profile. These are the information for examination purposes in order to select the students. The ones to attend in courses are the ones whose profile suit the profile of the target audience as per each training.

The 33 courses are divided into three types of education: 18 courses from distance, 13 part-time courses and 2 self-instructional. All courses are free, in exception of part-time as the student descendant institution should be responsible for the costs of travel, lodging and additional daily costs.

The main fronts of the project are held via site, social networks (www.facebook.com/aguaegestao,www.twitter.com/aguaegestao,www.youtube.com/aguaegestao), press material to be disclosed combined with a tool to send e-mail marketing.

The executing agencies follow the capabilities in order to monitor possible improvements and adjustments regarding to actions related to distance education, dropout rates and the withdrawal of courses, recurrent issues in developed courses from distance. 

 

4 - RESULTS

This project represents the largest initiative of the “Technological Development, Capacity Building, Communication and Dissemination of Information on Integrated Water Resources” of the National Water Resources Plan – PNRH Brazil.

- As of May 2015 over 11.000 people in Brazil and other Latin American countries had already been trained;

- More than one million and six hundred thousand communication activities were developed, six times more than the design of the Project;

- Technical contents in 6 above mentioned subjects are made available for institutions which are interested in replicating the content based on a copyright license which allows other institutions to replicate it for free, increasing the range of beneficiaries;

- According to the monitoring held through reports of classes profiles, the target audience is being reached. Effectiveness in learning is measured by two methods: in the part-time courses there is a practical assessment according to field classes. For instance: the course “inspection and dam safety” students are tested according to the inspection report held in field classes. In distance education courses, in addition to discussion forums, there are questionnaires and discursive activities, with open and closed questions. Students who achieve average of 6.0 are approved. Students who are approved according to the parameters receive the certificate;

- The Project released a video game which simulates a watershed in order to get the attention of young people, it is supposed to spread among them the guiding concepts of proper management of water resources. In less than a year, the game already has more than 3.000 registrations;

- The direct impact of the actions developed by the project refers to the replication of technical knowledge as per the 6 developed subjects. In addition, in case of dam safety area, for example, in 2010 it launched the new National Dam Safety Policy (Law no. 12.334/2010). The professionals had no technical training according to the new requirements, and therefore the Project courses is supplying this demand, preparing professionals for working in such area;

- From the scope of social, environmental and awareness perspective, the project team is in discussion with state schools in São Paulo and in Federal District for a specific course for the teenagers and the game is rendered as a teaching material in schools. At a first glance, there is close articulation with these two territories, nonetheless it is expected to achievement in each and every state;

 

The Project had already been awarded 3 times:

  • Innova World of Social Innovation Award (2013)
  • Ozires Silva of Education Entrepreneurship Award (2014)
  • Ecology Expression Award (2015)

 

5 - REQUIRED RESOURCES

The Project Team works in 3 different places:

- At ANA in Brasilia (DF), with a team of three experts in water resources and a manager;

- In FPTI in Foz do Iguaçu (PR), where 13 professionals out of: manager, journalist, media analyst, purchasing analyst, systems analyst, educators, administrators, coordinating tutors, teaching intern and instructional designer;

- In Itaipu Binational, also in Foz do Iguaçu, where professionals work primarily on the development of courses with subjects related to dam safety, water quality and hydrology, among others.

 

The required facilities are rooms, computers, telephones and other office apparel wise. In regard to class attendance it is required boats and equipment, according to each training.

In order to a student to attend courses, it is necessary a computer with internet access (at home, work, internet café, etc.). Only in case of part-time courses, as already pointed out, the student or their parent institution is responsible for the costs of travel, food, additional daily costs etc., to the city which will host the course. All other features are provided by the project, such as teaching materials, tutors, teachers and items needed for classes, such as boats and equipment.

 

 

6 - TRANSFERS

Built to stimulate replication, the project contents are produced based on a copyright license which allows other institutions to replicate it for free, increasing the range of beneficiaries. One of the institutions which sourced the project was the Federal University of Bahia for Dam Safety Course replication. The National Civil Aviation Agency – ANAC is in joint effort with the FPTI for the consolidation of a similar agreement to the one already developed.

 

7 - LEARNED LESSONS 

The agreement between the institutions is a lesson learned. By all means, none of them could develop a similar scale project wise. Working together it requires willingness for dialogue and collective coaching.

A major difficulty for the development of the project is the appropriate relationship for the preparation of each course, following these steps: technical team meeting to define the programmatic content of the course; hire professionals for writing the content; review and approval of the content; adjustments; transposition into virtual learning environment. All of these steps are time consuming and require a lot of discussions and revisions to align the content. Hiring processes executed by the project tend to be more time consuming, because they follow different laws. Steps are necessary to be taken by means of the design public features. The challenges have been supplied and conquered through planning the implementation of the agreement.

In addition, despite efforts to present a significant supply of training, this initiative does not meet all the demand for water resources coaching, this is constantly growing by the players directly involved with the issue, as the educational processes need to be continued and so on, building new alliances to continue the Project is quite a great deal to be accomplished. This is a good practice towards innovation in educational processes and reaching the audience. 

 

It is possible to visit at any time of year, by appointment with at least 2 days in advance.

Nº of visitors: Up to 10 people.

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