This roundtable began with the launch of two publications by the National Water Agency (ANA) on the present dialogue theme, ‘Catalog of Didactic Materials on the theme of Water for Basic Education’ and ‘Formative Meetings – Environmental Education, Training and Water Management ‘.

The theme of this dialogue proposed an education for a new water culture and aimed to open a debate centered on the problems that characterize water management, promoting the rapprochement between various social actors.

It was explained that the starting point is the need to introduce radical changes in water culture in order to strengthen local development, based on principles of equality, solidarity, and educational, social, economic sustainability. True democratic management, with, for example, new dynamics in the education of children that can help make us responsible individuals and solve situations we might not have been able to see before, that is, to give children the experience, such as permaculture or other environmental practices, helping students to take education where it should go, beyond the classroom.

It was discussed that education is much bigger than that transmitted in the classroom, that is, education for a new water culture is a different way of transmitting environmental education, with the transversality in fact and it is urgent that all teachers are trained in several environmental issues.

It was argued that the world needs to come out of the culture of water as a resource and this change needs to be ethical, of values and especially our relationship with nature, since water is a vital good, it is life and we have to change our attitude towards such a precious asset for the animal and plant existence of our planet.

Participants reinforced that, for environmental education, cultural change is paramount. It was emphasized that culture is not changed by decree, it is changed over time and gradually.

It was emphasized in the debates that empowering and educating need to be partnership actions. Thus the reach and results are much more satisfactory, that is, it is no use having different education formats if there is no representation and access, when it comes to water, all these formats must remember that we need a pedagogical platform of water.

A unanimous position at this roundtable was: water privatization turns the citizen into a customer. Water is a human right.

Moderator / Coordinator:
Neusa Barbosa


Marcos Sorrentino (USP Professor)
Pedro Arrojo (Professor at the University of Zaragoza – Spain)
Luna Lambert (DF Public School Teacher)
Taciana Leme (National Water Agency – ANA)
Marcos Didonet (Geographer and film producer).