The United Nations Water group announced that World Water Day 2008 will be celebrated by the UN on Thursday, March 20, 2008. The international theme is “sanitation.” The local theme is “Sanitation is vital to human health!”
In Guyana a number of activities will be undertaken in observance of this day by several agencies, such as World Wildlife Fund, Guyana Water Incorporated, the Environmental Protection Agency, Pan American Health Organization, the Ministry of Health and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Some of the activities include:
- Appearance on the Guyana Today show on March, 18, 2008;
- Publishing of articles in the newspapers over a four week period commencing on March 20, 2008;
- Training in water quality monitoring for Environmental Health Officers in Region 3 on March 31 & April 1, 2008;
- Workshop to develop a Strategic Sanitation Plan for Guyana on April 2, 2008; and
- Symposium to highlight issues on sanitation to be held on April 3, 2008.
The School is responsible for organization of the Symposium and the proposed topics for the symposium are:
- Women, Sanitation and Human Health;
- Sanitation and the environment;
- Sanitation and water resources;
- Water Safety Plan;
- New Septic tanks standards for Guyana;
- Household water treatment in Guyana; and
- Sanitation and community participation
The public, especially senior secondary school students and their teachers, University students and Lecturers, are invited the symposium. It will be held in the Education Lecture Theatre, University of Guyana Campus from 8:30 hrs.read more
The School participated in Open/Career Day that was held at the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus on February 15, 2008. The students of the School displayed the exhibits, some of which consisted of their work, and interacted with visitors to the School’s booth.
Saw dust models of the Guiana Shield and the landscape of the Rupununi were displayed along with rock samples as students explained the differences in elevation and the formation of the different features. Posters of career opportunities within the school were mounted and experiments showing condensation and water quality testing were demonstrated and explained by the students. A slide show of pictures from the recent Lethem Field Exercise was used to show vegetative and geomorphological changes in Guyana and social activities of Guyana’s hinterland communities.
In addition, pictures of Earth Day and World Environment Day activities and posters of key environmental issues such as deforestation, species extinction and global warming, and abstracts of final year students’ project were mounted.read more