Cape Town, November 20th 2019 – As part of the #cocreateMYCITY event, organized by the Dutch Consulate General, Dutch Wavemakers is giving a workshop on 21 November on the golden combination of sport and education to inspire young people about water, energy and climate change. Thanks to the consulate, the workshop is the first exploration of a Wavemaker Academy in South Africa. Marcel Beukeboom, the Climate Envoy for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will kick-off the workshop, after which local and international partners will participate in the workshop.
Wavemaker Academy South Africa
In South Africa, Dutch Wavemakers explore, in collaboration with Wetskills, whether it is possible to set up a Wavemaker Academy. A Wavemaker Academy offers students who follow water and energy-related studies and athletes the opportunity to become certified Wavemaker ambassadors and to share their passion for water and energy with the local and international community. A Wavemaker Academy consists of teaching modules on clean, sufficient and safe water in combination with sustainable energy related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The lessons will tie in with the curriculum of the schools and will be explained on the basis of recognizable examples. This with the aim to continue to provide enough smart minds to solve climate related problems in the future.
During the #cocreateMYCITY event, Dutch Wavemakers Eva den Boer, Juliette Kool, Ben Bischoff and Sjoske Tuinstra work together with Wetskills and South African partners Odwa Mtembu, World Merit South Africa, Susan Andrews, Department of Water and Sanitation and Miss Earth Margo Odanis.
Wetskills and Dutch Wavemakers intend to join forces during national and global water-related events and to reach young people from primary to university level with a joint program. Further cooperation with Wetskills takes place in Japan.
Continuation on The Ocean Race
The try-out for the Wavemaker Academy in Cape Town is the follow-up to the successful pilot of Dutch Wavemakers during the stopover of the Ocean Race in 2017 in the same city. The pilot was developed in collaboration with the Consul General and the KNVB.
While the entire city was dominated by sailboats, Dutch Wavemakers and partners reached many children by visiting primary schools, secondary schools and side events such as the
Saturday school of Royal Haskoning and the Youth Football Festival of the Dutch Consulate General. Through various experiments given by Wavemakers and well-known football players such as Johan Neeskens, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Anouk Hoogendijk, it became clear what water actually is. Is it magic, or is it science?
This approach has resulted in reaching children in the townships. Afterwards Dutch Wavemakers was asked by Water4Capetown, an organization dedicated to water & hygiene education, to join forces and reach even more children. In addition, students, companies and others were brought together in brainstorming sessions about water issues and challenges organized by Wetskills.