Saving water is child’s play: Water conservation programme is launched for Irish schools

Published by Ian Carey on

September 23rd 2016

Environmental Group, Global Action Plan, have launched their water conservation programme for schools and youth groups. GAP logo

The Water Explorer programme helps teachers to cover the subject of water and gives student an understanding about how water affects lives.

According to GAP: “Water Explorer is an exciting online initiative for schools and youth groups where students can get involved in water conservation missions and challenges and can win prizes, workshops and a place at National and International Water Explorer Finals. The programme engages young people in 11 countries in understanding how water affects lives, and taking practical action to protect and save water in school communities.

“The programme is open to young people aged 8-15 in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Bermuda and Switzerland.

“Water Explorer will help children develop life skills such as presenting, critical thinking, project management and team working.”

The programme is designed as a competition and schools at different levels compete for the grand prize at the end of the year.

Previous winners were 3rd Class students from Berrings National School who completed all 20 challenges across 4 mission areas.

They even created four of their own challenges; organizing a class visit from an environmental scientist and designing their own giant floor game and water quiz. Perhaps most impressive was their work with a local business in conducting a water audit and encouraging the restaurant to reduce their water consumption and water footprint.

They also actively participated in a global citizen science project, under the ‘Freshwater Watch’ challenge, adopting a local water body and carrying out various tests (tubidity, nitrate and phosphate).

The Water Explorers raised €300 during their Water Festival and decided to donate it to a Water Explorer school in South Africa that has no running water; Corrie Lynn Primary School. The money will be used to install drainpipes, which will be connected to a rainwater-harvesting butt (otherwise known as a jojo tank).

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Ian Carey

Ian is the editor of the Green News. He works as Communications Manger with the Irish Environmental Network.