As part of the project “Save our rivers, save Vrbas”, a competition for all primary schools of the Banja Luka region was opened for the thematic of water protection. The contest is open until 22 May, until when students have the opportunity to submit their works.
Students from first to third grade corresponded with drawings, students from fourth to sixth grade essays, while students from seventh to ninth grade correspond making machines, models or an innovative system which would be in the service of water protection. Out of each school, we expect a maximum of nine papers, three from each age category.
“Rivers are an important resource and potential for sustainable and responsible development of local communities in the Republic of Srpska. Vrbas has not only a tremendous potential but also generates benefits to the local population and the state through tourism and water sports. Our rivers and canyons are threatened to remain without their greatest value, the most important being the quality of water and the richness of biodiversity, and are endangered primarily by the plans for the construction of a large number of hydro powers plants. By developing and raising the awareness of younger generations, we create the basis for preserving our waters in a more natural state, ” said Iva Miljević from Center for the Environment.
The award ceremony for the best submitted works will take place on 31 May in the factory of water in Novoselija, a jury will choose the three winning works from each age category and award prizes. All the works will be exhibited at the Musical Pavilion “Staklenac” in the period from 1 to 7 June, where citizens will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the importance of our waters, the problems they face, and the solutions seen from the children’s point of view.
“Vodovod a.d. Banja Luka considers that the prevention of activities that could endanger not only the Vrbas River as our basic ”raw” material but also the environment in general, the essence of its preservation. For that reason, for years, we have been working through various activities in the direction of its protection. With the project “Save our rivers, Save Vrbas”, we provide the opportunity to familiarize children with the dangers our rivers are exposed to on a daily basis. Our main goal is to raise awareness of the young generations of the town on Vrbas to think about the protection and preservation of their environment, and the Vrbas River,” said Marijana Bijelić of the Environmental Department of Vodovod a.d. Banja Luka.
The project “Save our rivers, save Vrbas” started with the celebration of the World Water Day at the Krajina Square, and after the competition it continues through active cooperation with primary schools on the ecological education of students and the formation of new and development of already existing ecological teams in five Banja Luka elementary schools.
The project is realized by “Vodovod” a.d. Banja Luka and Center for Environment, and is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina.