lunes, 16 de enero de 2012

Put the WWD T-shirt On... Make Your Voice Heard!

"... Water is a basic requirement for all life, yet water resources are facing increasing demands from, and competition among, users. In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water.::"

Around the world every year Schools and Organizations join this Campaign for freshwater to make people aware of the importance of Water as a Precious Resource for Life and what can be done for sustainable managment of freshwater resources.

The WWD Campaign for this year deals with Water and Food Security- making a close relation of both of them. We need freshwater to drink; to grow and prepare our food.

"...There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres..."


Let's encourage our students to be real Agents of Change... What are Knowledge, skills and values learnt for if they are not used to promote Action -  locally and globally? We are preparing our students for Life! Being aware of the world around them and how they can influence it in a positive way by Making their Voice Heard and solving problems in their communities. Every action counts!!!

There is much what we CAN do - having either  lots of/few resources - Something that is worth doing!

Our Water Initiative in 2008
As a sample, I would like to share with you some pictures from our Scientific & Artistic Interscholastic Fair and our podcast for a German school radio broadcast from our former WWD Campaign (2008)... Children and teenagers from around the globe made their voice heard and took action by researching, learning, drawing, writing, editing, recording messages, sharing, etc.

Private School students showing Water situation in Machala

Preparing the message - WWD 2008

Francisco describing his drawing to UNICEF Ecuador Representative

Interscholastic Fair in Machala due to WWD 2008

Max and Walter recording

Carlos explaining the Cycle of Water

'Put the WWD T-shirt On... Make Your Voice Heard!'

Ways to take part while learning
 You can...
  • Organize an Art Exhibition, a poetry or drawing contest after introducing the topic and encouraging participation. You can find lots of information on the sites above. It can be done as a class work/project and then be shared with the whole school. Kids can describe their pictures and ideas - depending on their English level. Take as many pictures as possible or record your students' speaking activity /& show slides/video via animoto, smilebox, fotobabble, voicethread,  or any other tools you might be using. If you need help on how to use the tools above, visit Teacher Training Videos - TTV by Russell Stannard. The point is to make your event known on an interesting way. (Please make sure you have parental permission to publish pictures or video of your students on the web) Just in case you have students on higher English levels and time to do some research  on Water situation in the town they live in, Science Across the World will be useful for them... Then they could share their findings and/ give tips on how to save water at home by recording a message, for instance...
Suggested topics
  • The Cycle of Water
  • Water for life
  • Water and Food
  • Freshwater/ tap water in my town or city... country or continent
  • Ways to save water at home, at school...
  • How organizations work to spread WWD Campaign

These are just some ideas... Feel free to add yours and collaborate to have a better world! We will share our events worldwide and make our voice heard!!!

If you are interested to participate, please email me so that we can handle things better.

DEADLINE: February 29th... Share your Action till March 22nd :)

PLN  in Action for WWD... Join us!!!

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Collaboration at its best


It is amazing to see what can be done when enthusiastic teachers and students get involved in meaningful projects. Thanks for sharing, dear Svetlana!

'The students of Smolenskaya school №1, Altai krai, Russia, had a conference devoted to the problems of fresh water in the world and in Altai.The conference took place on February,13. Students of 4-11 grades discussed the problems of water in the world and in our region,described the main water bodies of Altai,learned the rules of saving the water at home and at school. Younger students drew pictures and posters, asking to protect the water.'


Taken from Svetlana Rovenskikh's blog


Yaku, Parque Museo del Agua  is located in Quito, Ecuador's capital. It is a special park, a  Museum for Water.  Lots of people - children and teenagers from different schools of the city -  visit it and get involved in many educational activities to raise people's awareness of the importance of Water. It belongs to  Museos Foundation which promotes cultural and educational issues for citizens in Quito.

'Agua con Q' - Semana del Agua 2012  or 'Q for Water' is a very interesting initiative that will take place in March. It is a whole week full of activities  such as a Fair, called Alquimia en el Hogar in which different institutions will show the comunity ways to have a responsible behaviour regarding water at home.
They will also organize a Photogragh Exposition to focus on the natural beauty of our water resources as well as people's  involvement in protecting fresh water for life.
H2Q - Gente por el Agua/People for Water, focusing on Guayllabamba, an important water source.

They have also created a Constitution for Water which states 'Water is essential for life. It is a right we can not give up'

I would like to thank Mr. Stephen Bruque, communicator of Yaku, Parque Museo del Agua, for being very kind and share this information and pictures with us. Keep the good work up!

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A Constitution for Water

UNESCO Quito - Ecuador

'La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO), la Secretaría Nacional del Agua, el Programa Gobernabilidad del Sector Agua y Saneamiento en el Ecuador y la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación (FAO), convocan al concurso de pintura “Yo amo el agua”, dirigido a estudiantes de escuelas y colegios del Ecuador, en el marco de la Celebración del Día mundial del Agua 2012.'

Some important organizations and institutions have organised a very meaningful drawing contest called 'Yo amo el agua/ I love water'. Many children and teenagers (fourth grade up to ninth) will have the great opportunity to make their voice heard by sharing their messages through their drawings. The winners' drawings will be shown on March 22nd - WWD! Good luck to them all and congratulations for this initiative!