World Water Day marked by 5 schools in Daru, PNG

An energetic March for World Water Day was held in Daru, Western Province, PNG, with strong attendance from all five partner schools working in the WASH in Schools program, the District Education Office, local Police and PNG Water.  Live & Learn’s Arts for Advocacy approach was used to guide the crafting of posters and songs performed during the event. The march concluded with speeches and ceremonial dances at Edward Baxter school. While the theme of the march was aligned with World water day – water and nature – Live & Learn also took the opportunity to discuss what WASH in School may look like in 2030, and what needs to happen now through teachers, students and school communities to realise such a vision. The General Manager of PNG Water in Daru also shared challenges in getting piped water functioning again for Daru.

Live & Learn did not fund the event, but facilitated engagement and support from PNG Water. With mains water supply in Daru disrupted since January tensions concerning water supply are high in the local community, so the event was an opportunity for open discussion on the importance of community water supply. Live & Learn organised posters, materials etc, and PNG water agreed to provide snacks. The march and associated speeches have created a renewed enthusiasm across whole community. With the Australian-government funded Live & Learn WASH in Schools project in Daru ending in June 2018 there was good discussion on exploring ways of continuing the program. The event was attended by a representative from International Water Centre, who is working with Live & Learn to conduct the project final evaluation in the five partner schools.

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