The Department of Water and Sanitation in the Free State calls on primary schools to enter the annual Baswa le Meetse competition. The competition is run throughout South Africa. In the Free State it is presented in the five regions. Its chief objective is to promote water literacy in South Africa through comprehensive formal and informal public education to encourage South African citizens to preserve water. The Baswa le Meetse competition was launched in 2003, targeting primary school learners. The competition encourages learners early on in their lives to consider a career in water, thereby reducing the scarce skills shortage of scientist and engineers within the water sector.Participants can compete in five different arts categories – drama, music, poetry, praise poetry and poster. The winners at district level proceed to the provincial final, with the winners thereof competing nationally. All primary schools interested in participating in the competition can contact Lucky Lukhele or Phindiwe Sobuwa on 051-405-9000 during business hours.