Water, Sanitation and Human Rights Courses Now Open on Virtual Campus

Water knowledge seekers now have access to three more courses on the Cap-Net Virtual Campus. Topics range from securing rights to water in informal settlements, integrating a human rights-based approach to water resources management and water education.

"We are pleased to strengthen and expand our partnerships to bring new perspectives on the water challenges we are facing," said Cap-Net's Virtual Campus Coordinator, Damian Indij. "Water learners can also look forward to an enhanced Virtual Campus experience with new features to track their progress, and course discussion boards to share experiences and best practices with fellow campus users."

All three courses are free of cost, and course takers are able to set their own pace towards completion. Participants will receive a certificate once the course has been completed before its deadline.

Here are the three courses that are available now on the Virtual Campus.

Integrity in Informal Settlements: Securing the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Joining the water and sanitation catalogue is this brand-new course developed by the Water Integrity Network (WIN), with support from the UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility.

The course examines how communities' informal nature directly influences the quality of water and sanitation service. Participants will learn how promoting integrity can lead to water access solutions for informal settlements.

The course is open to anyone with an interest in understanding the topic as no previous knowledge is required.

A Human Rights-Based (HRBA) Approach to IWRM

The second edition of this course updates water actors on IWRM. HRBA and governance concepts. After establishing the difference between a water right and the right to water, course learners will review examples of good practices and learn how to implement HRBA tools in their own water plans.

The course is a partnership between the Human Right 2 Water, Cap-Net-affiliated network REDICA and the WGF.

Water Education for Sustainability and Global Citizenship

How can schools trigger paradigm shifts that make them a sustainability learning hub in their community? This popular course explores the complexity, challenges and gains associated with rethinking learning and management styles towards a curriculum promoting sustainability and global citizenship. Schools exploring how to introduce water education in their curricula can gain ideas from this course.

The Latin American Water Education Training Network (LA-WETnet), the UNESCO Chair Programme and Universidad de San Andrés partnered to bring this course to the public.