From Learning to Leading: beyond the ABCs on Youth, Water & the SDGs Online Course

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This course is a component of the GWP Water Academy for Youth (W.A.Y.) which aims to be an opportunity for young professionals to fully realise their potential in the water community and become influencers and leaders, to create momentum with key actors in the water community to support and enhance youth engagement and empowerment in water resources management ultimately contributing to the achievement of sustainable development.

The course offers an overview of the issues that matter to the youth community in the water world from a sustainability perspective. Creating powerful solutions that embody change, challenging youth to rise from inertia to action has never been more needed. That is why this course becomes an opportunity to gain knowledge and learn about new tools and make change a reality.

However, change does not happen unless you make it happen. Once we understand ‘the whys’, we can make sense of ‘the hows’ and take active part in ‘what we can actually do’ to contribute to water challenges both globally and at local level.

Sponsored by a partnership of international development organisations, the course is free.


  • To increase participants’ understanding of the basic concepts of the SDGs and the interlinkages with water and water management.
  • To enhance participants’ knowledge on ongoing development  approaches and identify pathways for youth engagement.
  • To learn lessons through the analysis of various experiences and case studies on youth advocacy for SDGs and water. 


Young people between the ages of 20 to 35 years, specifically young people who are interested in or are actively involved in youth advocacy initiatives on water and the SDGs as well as those who may be currently undertaking their graduate or post graduate studies.

Contents and course structure

In each module participants will find valuable and updated readings, videos, suggested web sites, and experiences from the ground. All modules will be available from the beginning of the course, and materials will be interlinked across the modules to reflect the interrelated and systemic nature of water issues.

  • Module 1: Water and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Module 2: Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Module 3: Leaving No One Behind: Integrating People into the Water SDGs
  • Module 4: Water in a Sustainable World - Tools for Advocacy 

Course approval criteria and certificate

In order to get your certificate, participants will be expected to:

  1. Make at least one significant contribution to the forums in modules 1, 2 and 3;
  2. Take one interactive activity/quiz/exercise for each of the modules 1,2 and 3;
  3. Attend at least one synchronous meeting;
  4. Produce a personal portfolio where you will translate the ideas of the course into action.
  5. Make at least one significant contribution to the process forum, which will include participating in a (short) collaborative task and also engaging in the discussion forum.

After completing the 4 modules and all assignments including your personal portfolio, you are invited to answer a short feedback survey of the course. Once this survey is answered, you may download your certificate. Participation in the course, as well as the download of the certificate, has no cost for the participants.


This is an instructor-led course. As of 17 August, 150 vacancies are open to take this course. The course will begin on 1 October. Enrolled participants must complete the course before 31 October. Passed that day, participants will have access to the course content, but they will no longer be able to advance in their modules or have the possibility of completing the course and getting a certificate.

If you are interested in taking this course, you welcome to enroll by clicking the button "Register now" and filling out the application form. You will be informed if you have been admitted for this edition by 28 September.

Language: English.

Structure:  4 modules + synchronous meetings

Level: Introductory.

Content: readings, videos, forums, meetings, assignments (portfolio with personal project).

Time: 16 hours.

Total time dedication: 5 weeks.

Institutions: Cap-Net, GWP, LA-WETnet, Universidad de San Andrés.

Certification: module-specific forums + short collaborative task + portfolio assignments.