In this guest post Amber Robinson explains how Water Explorer is inspiring 8-14 year-olds in the UK and around the world to lead action on water issues. Alongside their own actions students also get to link up with groups of children taking similar action in other countries. Plus, Water Explorer’s online resources are freely available. What a great way to engage young people with action on water issues, starting locally but thinking globally.
Water Explorer is an award winning international programme designed to inspire 8-14 year-olds to lead action on water issues. Its online resources are freely available, and cover a wide range of topics from the ‘secret’ embedded water in the food we eat and the clothes we buy, to practical actions to reduce water wastage at home and at school. With clearly signposted links to the Sustainable Development Goals, Water Explorer also offers a pathway to exploring the Global Goals.
Participating schools become part of an online community of water-conscious schools around the world with a focus on encouraging curiosity, and promoting change in their local community. They also have the chance to win points and prizes, and attend our Celebration Event for top teams at the end of the year!
We have all sorts of teams taking part in Water Explorer in the UK, from Guide groups, to eco-councils, to whole classes. Thanks to the programme’s flexibility they all take part in different ways as well; some pick one or two Challenges that they like the look of, some choose one of the four Missions (Fresher Water, Global Water, Secret Water, or Precious Water) to focus on, and some do a bit of everything.
Last year’s winning team were a STEM club from a middle school in the North East of England. They had a real passion for plastic pollution prevention, so campaigned in school to encourage students to stop using single use plastic bottles. They even managed to persuade the canteen to stop selling them!
This year’s current top team are an eco-council from a junior and infant school in the South West of England. Having narrowly missed out on the winning spot last year, this year they’re busier than ever! From checking the school toilets for leaks, to growing their own sustainable vegetable garden, to planning an upcycling fashion show there seems to be no stopping them! They’re also making the most of Water Explorer’s international community: they’ve written letters to a team in South Africa to find out about the drought and are exchanging food leftover recipes with a Maltese team!
To sign your team up and access all our free learning resources visit our website: www.waterexplorer.org