Muscat: With the United Nations Water: World Water Day less than a week away, on March 22, the Middle East Desalination Research Centre (MEDRC) is planning a walk to mark the day.
Today, the Times of Oman (TOO) is featuring the event in its #OmanPride campaign.
This year’s Water Day theme revolves around “Water for Jobs” and MEDRC’s event, “Walk for Water Jobs” will see school children walking from Barka’s water desalination plant for three kilometres (km) on March 20, along with Hilmi Al Kindi, desalination training assistant at MEDRC, who will walk 33km, along the way, until he reaches MEDRC’s headquarters on March 22.
“MEDRC has felt that ‘Water for Jobs,’ is a perfect way to showcase the importance of jobs in the water sector, especially seeing as there is a lot of focus in the media recently on unemployment, specialised education, and the vocational job markets,” said Perla Abi Farah, marketing and communications manager.
“The theme is focused on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ livelihoods and even transform societies and economies,” said the UN Water’s website.
The schoolchildren will meet with Al Kindi and accompany him for walking the final few kilometres towards MEDRC’s headquarters, while also making a documentary about the event.
The children will also make presentations about water and show a documentary based on the event. Talks by esteemed experts in the field on water conservation and the water resources of Oman will also be presented.