Introduction to Ecosan Training Programs
Though ecological sanitation (ecosan) is becoming more and more known in India and several projects have raised awareness and acceptance of innovative sanitation systems, there is a significant lack of qualified personnel and people who actually know how to implement it in practice. As for today, only a few institutions in India offer courses on ecosan and the number of ecosan experts available to cater this urgent demand is very low.
The Innovative Ecological Sanitation Network India (IESNI) and many others are continuously implementing new innovative sanitation solutions. Successful projects and large-scale implementations have created a market in the commercial, cooperative and public sector in India. This demand has to be met by qualified personnel, who are able to adapt innovative sanitation solutions. Our objective & vision is to promote ecological sanitation and sustainable sanitation practices along with efficient water & waste water management practices in India.
Course 1 : Ecological Sanitation Training Courses
Ecological sanitation theme touches social, cultural as well as economic aspects. It requires knowledge of the local climate, groundwater situation and soil conditions. Furthermore, expertise in ecosan treatment technologies and knowledge of options for reuse are essential as well as a thorough understanding of the underlying philosophy of sustainable water, energy and nutrient cycles.
Course 2 : Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management Courses (SSWM)
Water resources are under increasing pressure. Population growth, urbanization and a steep increase in water consumption for domestic uses, agriculture and industry has created a water crisis. Climate change is exacerbating the problems of water availability. This scenario leads to water scarcity and water-conflicts worldwide and seriously undermines progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Though water is a limited resource, it is often used in an unsustainable way: Different stakeholders (water suppliers, industry, agriculture, households, sewage management etc.) fulfil their water needs generally without taking into account the impact on other stakeholders. This lack of coordination leads to an overuse and waste of water resources. To save and recycle water, regain resources and to protect aquatic ecosystems, the whole water cycle needs to be taken into account in an integrated holistic way – linking up reuse-oriented Sustainable Sanitation approaches with Water Management.
The training of trainer's course modules focus on teaching methods and the design of target group oriented SSWM modules to optimize knowledge transfer. It enables trainers to design and conduct their own SSWM courses incorporating the philosophy and principles of adult learning in sustainable sanitation and water management scenario. The SSWM expert training course gives an overview on Integrated Water Management, its basic concept and its association with reuse-oriented sustainable sanitation approach including a comprehensive overview on existing technology options and planning approaches.
Course 3 : Sustainable Sanitation Exchange Programs
The aim of this initiative was to improve the awareness on sanitation problems around the world. This initiative plans to bring together students of two different countries by means of internet based chats to analyse the problem from their points of view, to discuss them and to come up with possible approaches and solutions to the global sanitation crisis from their point of view.
Course 4 : Tailor-made School Sanitation Trainings
The school sanitation trainings are activities that promote conditions at school and practices of school staff that help to prevent water and sanitation related diseases and help in maintaining an overall healthy and hygienic environment; the hardware and software activity personnel working in tandem all the while. It has been realized that the teachers, owing to their proximity to the children are in the best position to achieve this goal and therefore training of teachers and their capacity building finds itself as an important deliverable. Teacher's and student's trainings are conducted with the objective of helping teachers understand the basics of sanitation and hygiene so that they are better empowered to pass on this crucial information to the students and also making the teachers aware of their own potential in being role models for the students and in bringing about a change in the health, hygiene and sanitation scenario of their own school.