UNIDO’s Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) hosted an Awareness Day on 26 July, on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day
Having access to clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right, but there are challenges until the fulfillment of these rights becomes a universal reality. Part of the legacy of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 was a sustainable Test Project. The Test Project was designed to provide bikes to communities where access to clean water is a major challenge.
UNIDO’s Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) members participated at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi competition last year. Students from UNIDO’s LKDF public private development partnership projects from Morocco, Zambia, and Iraq competed in various trades some of them as first participants from their respective countries. One of UNIDO’s LKDF PPPD projects, H2O Maghreb, focuses in skills improvement in the water sector with the aim to improve water management practices for drinking water and sanitation in Morocco and elsewhere in the Maghreb region.
As a token for the UNIDO’s participation in the competition in Abu Dhabi, WorldSkills International, Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Sheridan College and DHL Trade Fairs & Events GmbH joined a partnership to donate six pedal powered water pump and purification bikes to UNIDO. The pedal-power water pump and purification bikes are great tools to be integrated into the curriculum for youth.
“The bikes can also be used in challenging areas to improve access to clean water and promote water related skills,” said Dejene Tezera, Director of UNIDO’s department of Agri-Business Development.
The bikes symbolize innovative ideas, quality skills and clean water, all which are the cornerstones of UNIDO’s H2O Maghreb project!