On 19-21 March 2017, the Khartoum office on UNESCO in collaboration with the Public Water Corporation Training Centre, UNESCO Regional Centre for Water Harvesting, UNESCO Chair for Women in Sciences and Technology and Sudanese National Commission for Education, Sciences and Culture organized 3-day training session on Water Quality for young water engineers, technicians and professionals, 80% of whom were girls. The activity was planned to contribute to SDG 6 - Good water for all - and SDG 5 - Gender equality.
During the opening ceremony the Representative of UNESCO to Sudan, Dr. Pavel Kroupkine, the Acting Secretary General for the Sudanese National Commission for Education, Sciences and Culture, Dr. Wafaa Seed Ahmed, the Director of the UNESCO Regional Center for Water Harvesting, Eng. Hatim Ali Al Badri, the Director of the UNESCO Chair for Women in Sciences and Technology, Dr. Alshefa Abdelgadir Hassan, and the representative of the Director of Drinking Water and Sanitation Unit, Mr. Abdelrahman Sheikh Idris welcomed participants of the training, highlighted the importance of the access to potable water for all people, expressed their satisfaction of growing number of women in the water industry.
Technical session was started by Eng. Abdelgadir Salih, the Sciences Programmes National Officer in the Khartoum Office of UNESCO with overview of the objectives of the activity, Dr. Mahgoub Taha, the Advisor in Khartoum Water Authority with presentation about general water quality issues, and Dr. Motassem Hassan with lecture on Water Treatment Technologies, Standards and Water Quality Parameters. The first day of training was completed by a discussion / recommendation session.
Next day, on 20 March 2017, the training session additionally to lectures and work in laboratories was enriched by a visit of trainees to the Manara Water Treatment Plant in Khartoum State. On 21 March, lectures and laboratory work continued.
During the closing ceremony some trainees expressed their satisfaction of the training, which was just completed, and raised their interest to further professional capacity building. The organizers: Dr. Eatidal El-Rayah, the Director of the Public Water Authority Training Center, Dr. Alshefa Abdelgadir, the Director of the UNESCO Chair for Women in Sciences and Technology, Eng. Hatim Ali Al-Badri, the Director of the UNESCO Regional Centre for Water Harvesting and Eng. Abdelgadir Salih, the Sciences Progammes Officer in the Khartoum Office of UNESCO ensured young colleagues in their will to continue the knowledge transfer to Sudanese youth. The trainees have received certificates.