2024 Junior Water Award: Water Pollution Control

Before the International Children's Day, twenty teams of 13-19-year-old young people convened in Ningbo of Zhejiang Province to share their inventions with experts and the public and to realize their innovative solutions to improve water and environment in and around their schools at the 2024 Junior Water Prize (JWP) Final.

The Junior Water Prize (JWP) Final was organized by the Public and Education Center of the Ministry of Water Resources and that of the Ministry of Ecology & Environment, as well as Xylem and governments of Ningbo City. Prof Yunzhong JIANG, regional secretary general of GWP, was invited to the jury of final competition.

                                                     Yunzhong JIANG  (right) in Jury

May 24-26, 2024, twenty teams of 13-18-year-old students from ten provinces shared their innovative products and answered the jury to realize their innovative solutions to improve water and environment development. Gengshan LIU, the 8th Middle School of Chongqing, won the award for her 'Low Carbon Purification Device for Wastewater with Solar Light Turning and Aggregating Stereoscopic Bacterial Algae Collaboration.' She will represent China at the international final held during the World Water Week in Stockholm.

                                                       Gengshan LIU (middle) Won the Best

"With prominent style and theme, most products reflect their service and function on 'water pollution control," recalled Yunzhong Jiang. He was impressed by young innovators and their performance on the stage in Q&A. "The innovations demonstrate a profound awareness of environmental protection of students, and their common sense of ecology," Yunzhong added, "youngsters are highlighting problems in their daily life. They can mobilize their knowledge and skills and develop credible and solid solutions accordingly."

                                        TV Interview with Yunzhong JIANG on JWP

For over two decades, JWP in China has combined social innovation workshops, with mentorship, materials and equipping young people with entrepreneurship skills. Innovative non-formal learning opportunities, both in and out of schools, can help provide 21st-century competencies for gaining adequate employment. Annual JWP convenes young talents representing 100+ schools around the country that are committed to supporting the campaign and to encouraging students to involve in the innovation and technology application for sustainable water development.