NEWS - November 2012 - AGWT Hosts Ground Water Institue for Latin American Teachers in San Antonio

In November 2012 the third Latin America Teachers Water program was organized by the American Ground Water Trust (AGWT) in partnership with the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) at Alamo College, San Antonio, Texas. The Central America teachers, from rural areas in El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Guatemala are based at Alamo College and are participating in a year-long Cooperative Association of States Scholarship program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The “Water Issues” training program involves giving basic background on water supply sources and water quality. A major objective is to get the teachers motivated to include a focus on water topics in their classes and includes “hands-on” exercises to help develop and enhance water learning when the teachers return to their home countries. The picture shows some of the 45 teachers involved in a group exercise in describing rock types.


This picture shows high school students and their teacher from Johnson High School, San Antonio, TX. The students were invited to the Latin America Teacher training Program to make a presentation about “Life Straws,” a water filter designed to be used by individual people to filter and safely drink water. The photograph shows them during the discussion time.  With drinking water quality a major issue in some of Central America’s rural areas there was great interest in the low-cost Life-Straws technology.



Dr. Suzanne Pierce a Professor at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX was one of the instructors at the Latin American teacher training Program.  Her presentations (in Spanish) included discussion of the water supply needs and the water supply solutions that have been found by village communities in the Atacama area of Chile where rainfall is low and water supply sources are scarce.


The photographs show Suzanne explaining the “rules” for a group exercise designed to show the importnace of team-work and collaboration in solving water supply problems.