Conference / Workshop
Festival WEP EFFECT 2020
Organizer: The Water Agency Association

Through many years of activities in the project Water agent, we have developed genuine collaborations with many utility companies. We get to know and supplement their educational programs for raising awareness of children and the local population. In addition to printed documents - brochures, leaflets, games, there is also a lot of animated and video material. Everyone wants to provide the best information and programs to educate and raise awareness of their users. The goal is, as a rule, rational use of drinking water and reasonable sewage treatment.

In order to make these materials accessible and visible beyond the scope of their business, we have decided to organize the WEP EFFECT 2020 - International Festival of Water Educational Programs. The International Festival - WEP EFFECT 2020 is scheduled as part of our activities at the European Sustainable Development Week https://www.esdw.eu/  from September 25th to 26th 2020 at the Cultural center in Rogaška Slatina.

The topic of the festival has become far more current and significant than before the pandemic. In the new post-COVID-19 world, education about water is much needed from its health and general existential aspect as well as from the strategic or aspect of its conservation in nature. The story of water has never been more topical. Surrounded by uncertainty, we are looking for tools, advice and inspiration. The Water agency has been running educational programs Water Agent for seven years, giving great attention to washing hands and regularly hydrating. Instructed by experience during the COVID 19 crisis, we designed a new project of intergenerational connections "Washing hands protect your health". With Festival WEP EFFECT - Water Educational Program 2020, we want to show what these programs have been like so far and what is changing in them in the future. We would introduce that many water supply and water management companies and institutions work on educational programs. Festival would be organized in the framework of the European Sustainable Development Week 2020.

The program is organized through two-day activities:

The first day, Friday, September 25th, 2020, is planned for the presentation of educational programs on water and educational programs on other areas dealt with by public utility companies in order to preserve water: waste separation, collection of edible oil, and the like. The program contents will be presented in the competition part which is evaluated by the expert jury; and in the part of the program without evaluation. We also would invite publicly funded companies, institutions that deal with the topic of water and conservation of water resources through various educational contents like museums, etc. The second part of the program on Friday, September 25th, will be dedicated to the presentation of public utility companies through the aspect of business problems during the COVID 19 crisis and how they solved those problems. We place special emphasis on the great dilemma of how well the SARS COVID 19 virus survives in water, wastewater, groundwater, and saltwater. And how to overcome that?

The second day, Saturday, September 26th, 2020, is intended for the presentation of teachers from Primary schools and kindergartens who participate in the implementation of the project Water agent. After the presentation, if circumstances allow, we will visit the First Primary School Rogaška Slatina. This school has been active in the project Water Agent for 4 years; it is a partner in the Erasmus project Wat.Edu and this year they built a part of the schoolyard with waterproof concrete, Hydromedia in cooperation with the Water agency and the company  Lafarge Holcim.

At the FESTIVAL WEP EFFECT - Water Educational Program 2020, we plan to implement all protective measures, in accordance with the recommendations of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the World Health Organization that will be valid at the time of the event. Masks, disinfectants, and space between places are provided for all participants.

Subscribe to our mailing list via e-mail: festival@vodnaagencija.org  and expect  further information about the organization of the FESTIVAL WEP EFFECT  - Water Educational Program 2020 in Rogaška Slatina, on September 25th  and 26th, 2020.

City/LocationRogaška Slatina, Slovenia

Start date 25 Sep 2020
End date 26 Sep 2020

Language English
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Deadline for registration: 20 September 2020
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