AMMAN, 19 March 2019: UNICEF has hit the road to visit children in schools and Makani centres throughout Jordan on a mission to raise awareness of water as a valuable resource and the importance of water conservation ahead of World Water Day on Friday.
The UNICEF team of volunteers will visit five governates, starting in Amman and moving to Irbid, Karak, Shobak and Azraq refugee camp, with activities to educate and empower children on their right to clean water, the issue of water scarcity and the practical measures they can take every day to protect this valuable natural resource for their and future generations.
“Unless children can grow up in a sustainable and resilient environment, their health, wellbeing and livelihoods will be threatened,” said Robert Jenkins, Representative, UNICEF Jordan. “UNICEF wants to empower children to not only become environmentally aware but to also become ambassadors for water conservation in their families, schools and communities to create real and lasting change.”
In each location, UNICEF will share messages with children highlighting the importance of conserving water at the household level and provide practical tips on how to save water.
Jordan is one of the most water scarce countries in the world. The country’s groundwater is being used at twice the rate at which it can be recharged and almost half of all water supplied by municipal networks is lost before reaching the intended population. Water scarcity negatively impacts on the lives of all people in Jordan, but especially in the poorest and more marginalized communities where families cannot afford to pay private water vendors.
UNICEF and partners are supporting the Ministry of Water and Irrigation to create an action plan to address water scarcity, as well as working with young people, including university students, to design and test innovative solutions to water security issues and working with marginalized communities to provide families with water security and safe sanitation.
Schools throughout the country will also participate in World Water Day activities this week under this year’s theme ‘Leaving no one behind’ – highlighting the critical need to ensure safe water for all to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 and to preserve this precious resource for future generations.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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