Global Action Plan (GAP) Ireland last year launched a new programme, aimed at school children of 8 to 14 years. It is a fun online programme taking action on water conservation. Schools are supported by GAP through the website, workshops, celebration events and an award ceremony.
Water Explorer, is a fun, inspiring and educational online initiative to engage schools in 11 countries in understanding how water affects lives, and in taking practical action to protect and save water in school communities. 9,000 young people will develop projects to tackle water issues including water saving, cleaner water, embedded water and access to water.
The programme is open to young people aged 8-14 in the UK, Ireland, 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. As Global Action Plan programmes are supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), all students who complete the Water Explorer challenge will achieve a UNEP certificate.
See attached a 2 page document with further information on the programme
Water Explorer Programme.pdf (size 3.7 MB)
To get involved go to: www.waterexplorer.ie
Here's what the teachers have been saying!...
"Water explorers is a fantastic global programme that helps raise awareness of water conservation in schools. The comprehensive resources are child friendly and engaging and the children love completing challenges and seeing their points add up as they do so. As a teacher all the resources are provided for you which makes the programme very easy to implement in the classroom and the Water Explorers team are always there to offer help and advice. My class have gained so much from participating in this programme aside from a deeper understanding of conservation issues: teamwork, leadership and the confidence to present their work to others are just some of the many benefits I have seen. The programme links well with the Green Schools theme of Water and it has been a very beneficial programme for our school this year. I would highly recommend the Water Explorers programme for other schools!" - Sharon Dennehy - Scoil Bride, Rathcormac, CORK.