SEAMEO-UN HABITAT Cooperation on Promoting Human Values-Based Water and Sanitation and Hygiene Education in Southeast Asian Schools
- In December 2003, Values-based Water Education was introduced to the representatives of the Ministries of Education in Southeast Asia during a Consultative Workshop on Values-Based Water Education convened by SEAMEO and UN HABITAT in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank.
- The Consultative Workshop led to the formulation of the Ministerial Declaration on VBWSE for adoption by the SEAMEO Council during its 39th Conference in Brunei Darussalam in March 2004.
- The Agreement of Cooperation between SEAMEO and UN HABITAT was established in September 2005 and aimed to promote human value-based water, sanitation and hygiene education in Southeast Asian schools. The Project is an education initiative towards developing a sustainable water use ethic among school children. It involves not only diffusion of knowledge and information on water, sanitation and hygiene, but also promoting positive attitudes and developing desirable human values relating to water, social and environmental issues.
- The Project was implemented over the three year period (Dec 2005 - Nov 2008) and accomplished with all required activities and outputs. UN HABITAT provided technical and financial support to the realization of the Project objectives. The total fund provided by UN HABITAT to the Project was USD235,000.
- The 45th SEAMEO Council Conference took note of the completion of the Project and expressed its appreciation to UN HABITAT for its continued assistance and support.
- The SEAMEO Secretariat and UN HABITAT have been working on finalizing the documents for the Second Phase of the Project (2011-2013).