The WRC launches the first water Comic Book in Limpopo
On Friday, 5 September 2014 the Water Research Commission (WRC) in collaboration with African Hands for Youth, WESSA and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) paid a special visit to Morutsi Primary School in Tzaneen, Limpopo to launch a newly published Comic Book titled ‘The Thirsty Three – the mystery of impure water’.
This is South Africa’s first water research-focused graphic novel or comic book for wide public dissemination and use. The novel, aimed at children aged 11-15, follows the adventures of the Thirsty Three, namely Royston, Mpho and Steyn, as they uncover the value of clean water and the role played by water science. The first installment of the proposed series includes an introduction to the WRC as a unique South African organization, and its function to assist Government in fulfilling its mandate to providing sustainable services to South African communities. It is envisaged that this graphic novel series can go a long way towards sharing the South African water story with a new generation of South Africans in a language that they can identify with.
As part of the visit to Morutsi Primary School, the WRC also launched the ‘Science, Society and Sustainability challenge ‘a school’s competition that allows talented and innovative young scientists to solve water–related problems using the Stream Assessment Scoring System (miniSASS). miniSASS is an innovative citizen science tool that can be used by anyone from the ages 7-70 to monitor river health and upload results on a live database from which better management of water practices may be derived.
The Circuit Manager, Mr Makgatho and his team attended the event. While thanking the WRC for the informative graphic novel, Mr Makgatho emphasised the valuable relationship the WRC has created over the past years with the schools under his jurisdiction with the popular Water@work career guide and other learning support materials.
The School Principal Mr Ramatsoma thanked the WRC firstly, for choosing Morutsi Primary School to represent the Limpopo Province’s Department of Basic Education for launching the special Comic Book and secondly, for presenting the learners with a special opportunity to know more about water.
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