As part of every WoW Workshop we make the opportunity to ask students “What’s the Solution to the World’s Problems?”. The single most popular answer is, ‘Education’ – and we also get a few answers that confirm there’s a shallow understanding of some global issues.
“Education, without learning the lesson, creates only a lack of understanding,” so to better ourselves and the quality of our outreach workshops, we ask that all students feedback their views, live, during our workshops. However, when asked to evaluate the results of an outreach programme that’s been grant funded, we design project-specific questionaires. Here’s an example questionaire from our first @Gallery37brum, handed in to us by Mohinder Bagry who went on to author the UK book on the progress of Gallery 37 which started in Chicago.
Not all global issues are fun and easy to solve, so it’s a challenge to motivate people to adopt them all. Asking a class in primary school, “who wants a career in stopping fat balls developing in drains and helping wet wipe producers adapt their product?” doesn’t get a show of eager hands. So although education is the solution, it’s a global education over time that’s needed so no one generation ever achieves it all.
40 Years of gradual progress
World of Water will soon be celebrating its 40th anniversary and undaunted by the task of gearing up the whole World for the ever cleaner and wiser future it needs, our charity is readying itself to use augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cognitive services and inter-planet networking to help all Worlds of Water – whatever lengths we have to go.
World of Water started as an educational project developed by Abergwen Aquaculture, Pencader, Wales. Its first two students, Wayne and Peter , coined the phrase ‘World of Water’ in 1978.
Our charity’s board of Trustees includes Wendy Tabrizi (Senior Teaching Fellow and Head of Marketing & Strategy Department, Aston University).