The Eco-Schools Committee at Gozo College Middle School in Victoria every year participates in an annual Walk for Water to celebrate World Water Day on 22nd March as a fundraising activity. This year will be the eighth year that our school will be participating in this walk. The aim of this walk for water is to raise funds for a project chosen for our school by AKVO organisation from the Netherlands (www.akvo.org).
The concept of Walking for Water was initiated in the Netherlands by the NGO Aqua for All and each year the number of children participating is on the increase. In 2011 Walking for Water went international and our school was one of the first schools from around the world which participated. The aim behind this initiative is to create awareness among children aged 10-15 on global water issues and also to raise funds to help solve them. Children in developing countries around the world need to walk an average of 6 km every day to get clean water. This hinders them from attending schools on a regular basis. Children participating in the Walks for Water carry water in their backpacks and walk for 6 kilometres as a way of showing solidarity with these children in developing countries.
Our participating students carry a 2 litre water bottle in their ‘Walk for Water’ backpacks offered by AKVO organisation itself. Students ask passers-by, households and businesses in Victoria for donations.
Our Eco-Schools committee is not only very proud that we are part of this project but we are also very happy that we have influenced other schools to take part in such projects. In fact the Comprehensive Institute of San Antonio di Susa in the province of Torino, Italy liked our initiative and followed our example.
As Water Explorers we are now inviting all other Water Explorer Schools around the world to do likewise. We will be very happy to hear from other Water Explorers and see their photos as they join us on this year’s Walk for Water!
For more details and photos from last year’s Walk for Water please click on the following link