Today our Year 8 class completed our first mission on global water. It was a great way to generate discussion and develop our understanding of the water issues many people face around the world.
We focused particularly on the water problems in India. We have established a link with Indraprastha School in New Delhi and we are planning to complete a joint water project comparing water issues there and here.
This is a photo of us preparing our assembly on water issues facing India
We presented this to the whole school to kick start our Water Explorer Programme. We found a great online film to support our assembly called 'Imagine schools version' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf09XUNh_H4
When we spoke to children after the assembly the children had a lot of comments to make.
The children were shocked and saddened to discover the number of deaths relating to unsafe water in India.
They were also shocked by the lack of proper sanitation and toilet facilities in some of the poorer areas.
They were surprised at the distances that women in some places have to walk to collect clean water.
They commented on how lucky they were to have access to clean water and how they should think more responsibly about the ways in which they use it.
We put facts and figures relating to all these issues on our raindrops, clouds and worlds that you can see in the picture. This will form part of our first display for the Water Explorer programme.
Our next steps are to create a video to show how we use water in our country and compare this to Indraprastha school in India.
Completing Challenges will help you climb the Water Explorer leaderboard. In addition, your project work can be used to support CREST and Eco-Schools Awards.
CREST Award (British Science Association)
Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.
Use Water Explorer Challenges as a basis for a CREST Bronze Award. To get the Award, you’ll need to spend at least 10 hours on your project. Find out more about CREST Bronze Award here.
Tackle Water Explorer Challenges and gather evidence to apply for an Eco-Schools Award. Challenges address several Eco-School topics including Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. Take the plunge and go for your Green Flag Award! Find out more about Eco-Schools England here.
Contact the Water Explorer team through firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on how Water Explorer can help you achieve sustainability success.
Global Action Plan UK (GAP UK) is an environmental behaviour change charity that has been helping people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles for over 20 years. GAP UK works with schools, communities and businesses to develop and deliver programmes that change behaviours.
GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk