FEBRUARY 2015 SHORT COURSE OPPORTUNITIES

The Centre in conjunction with Department of Water (WRMD) at Mzuzu University invites stakeholders for two short courses focusing on Water supply well guidelines and Low-cost sanitation technologies. Participants should expect to gain both practical and theoretical skills which will address water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH) needs of Malawi. There will be an emphasis on sustainable systems throughout both programs.

(A). Constructing safe and sustainable groundwater wells – 5 and 6 Feb, 2015 (2 full days)
Water well construction is not for amateurs, but personnel with relevant skills and ngwaknowledge. The training course will, therefore, inculcate such skills and knowledge. The focus of the workshop will be minimum requirements for basic protection of the groundwater resource and for the health and safety of those that develop and use the resource. These guidelines are intended to address basic water supply well construction, pumping equipment, and maintenance issues. Water supply wells include wells designed for domestic, municipal, community, industrial, commercial, irrigation and/or livestock water supply use in addition to aquifer storage (injection) and recovery wells. The training course will be facilitated by internationally recognized experts in groundwater management and water supply well construction, Mr. Stephen J. Schneider (Steve) (USA) and Mr. Bob DiFilippo (USA), in partnership with the National Groundwater Association Research and Education Fund. The training will also be co-facilitated by water specialists and academics from Department of Water and WATSAN at Mzuzu University. The course will cover both practical and theoretical skills and concepts. There is a maximum of 100 participants in the short course. Fee per participant is MK150, 000.

(B). Low-cost sanitation technologies – 9, 10 and 11 February 2015 (3 full days)
sanitationThe focus of the workshop will be low-cost sanitation in support of ending open defecation (OD) in Malawi. The workshop will introduce participants to a variety of WASH solutions suited to rural and Peri-urban areas. A practical exercise will be included to build a corbelled latrine. The workshop will also cover how low-cost sanitation technologies, combined with sanitation marketing, can work alongside participatory methodologies including Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS), Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation (CLUES), Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) programs. Additionally, there will be site visits to nearby model areas successfully using low-cost sanitation solutions.There is a maximum of 25 participants in the short course. The course will be facilitated by WASH specialists and academics from Department of Water and WATSAN at Mzuzu University. A waiting list will be formed as needed. Fee per participant is MK150, 000.

Target courses audience:
· WASH Entrepreneurs and Consultants;
· Government Departments (in line with Water, Health, Irrigation etc);
· WASH trainers,
· Groundwater supply wells constructors
· Health, Environmental and Sanitation Officers;
· NGOs focusing on water supply, sanitation and hygiene needs of Malawi; and
· University/College Water/Engineers/Science graduates etc.

Notes:
· The venue for both short courses will be Mzuzu University, Mzuzu, Malawi.
· Registration fees cover course fees, handouts, materials for practicals, morning and afternoon break, and lunch.
· Participants are responsible for their transportation and accommodation arrangements.
· Successful participants will receive a certificate of attendance/recognition and handout materials.
· Participants should come prepared for both theory and practical/field exercises.

Closing date for receiving expressions of interest and for registration is Monday, 26th January, 2015. For enquiries and to register for the course please
e-mail: mzuniwatsan@gmail.com.
Cell:0888 185 588 or 0999 719 101

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