About this Course
The Sustainable Development Goals are driving global efforts to increase water service levels and food security, expand rural electrification, and ensure no vulnerable population is excluded from accessing basic services. In this context, national water supply strategies are increasingly relying on solar powered water systems (SPWS) for rehabilitating, upgrading, and developing new infrastructure and building resiliency against climate change. However, misconceptions and capacity gaps persist. National policies often fail to create a healthy enabling environment for the technology. Existing international standards and reference materials are underutilized, leading to inadequate dimensioning, installation, and maintenance. Unless SPWS are implemented and supported effectively, the benefits of the technology will not be realized and existing water supply challenges will only be amplified.
This online instructor-led course aims to address common misconceptions regarding SPWS, raise awareness and increase utilization of existing standards and reference materials, and ultimately improve sustainability and impact of SPWS.
By the end of the course participants will
- Understand opportunities, risks, and common barriers to sustainability associated with SPWS
- Appraise the existing capacity gaps for effective SPWS programming in their own professional context
- Apply existing standards, guidelines, and best practices for SPWS in their own professional context
- Interact with professionals from around the world who are implementing SPWS in various capacities
Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of four hours per week over a seven-week period to the course. This time dedication should be enough to review required readings and participate in all activities (forums, exercises, quizzes). All participants who wish to read suggested readings and view related videos will require more time.
Ensuring commitment to the course and avoiding dropout
In order to minimise dropout from the course and to obtain a baseline of knowledge, attitudes, and practice all selected participants will complete a mandatory pre-course survey. Individuals who fail to complete the pre-course survey within two weeks will not be eligible to participate in the course.
The course is structured by modules. Each module will run for one to two weeks, during which course participants must complete all required activities.
In all modules, participants are expected to:
- View brief introductory video
- Complete required readings
- Participate in an online discussion forum
- Prepare an individual assignment (two assignments throughout the course)
- Complete a quiz
Participants will also have access to recommended readings, videos, and suggested websites.
- Module 1: Introduction to solar powered water systems: 16 September – 29 September
- Module 2: Design and installation of solar powered water systems: 30 September – 6 October
- Module 3: Costing and procurement of solar powered water systems: 7 October – 13 October
- Module 4: Enabling environment for solar powered water systems: 14 October – 20 October
- Module 5: Operation and maintenance of solar powered water systems: 21 October – 27 October
- Module 6: Leaving no one behind in solar powered water supply programs: 28 October – 3 November
Criteria for course completion and certification
In order to pass the course and receive a certificate, participants are expected to score a minimum of 50 points according to the following criteria while completing required activities including participating in discussion forums, completing quizzes, and submitting assignments:
- Participation in discussion forums – Five points per module (30 total points for participation in all six modules, minimum participation in three forums required)
- Quizzes – Five points per module (30 total points for completion of all six modules, minimum completion of three quizzes required)
- Assignments – 20 points per assignment (40 total points for completion of both assignments, both assignments should be submitted)
Participants who obtain at least 50 points will receive a certificate granted by the course organizers.
Course contents will be facilitated by a team of seasoned experts from UNICEF, Water Mission, and Cap-Net.
The course is free to participants and is sponsored by a partnership of international development organisations.
Interested participants may apply online until August 16.
The course is open to a maximum of 100 participants representing various stakeholder groups from the global water sector and who are interested to actively follow the course, participate in all activities, and complete all modules.
The course is targeted to professionals with technical and non-technical backgrounds who are involved or considering involvement in planning, managing, or monitoring water supply programs that utilize solar powered pumps.
The following criteria will be considered for participants selection:
• Gender balance
• Engagement of young professional (target at least 30% aged below 36 in January 2019)
• Professional responsibilities directly related to the course topic
• Global representation while accommodating regions that have higher percentages of applicants
• Preference given to members of Cap-Net affiliated networks or partners, such as RWSN
• Preference given to applicants who present a letter of institutional support
As this an introductory course, no previous knowledge on or experience with SPWS or electromechanical pumping systems is required.
This course is (co)-organized by
September 16, 2019 - November 3, 2019