March 22nd was World Water Day. This is a UN designated day to help focus attention on our freshwater resources and the importance of managing them sustainably. Year 1 students from York House School got involved in helping us to celebrate this day on their visit to the Education Centre through their ‘Wonderful Water’ day.
The Year 1 students had fun finding out how important water is to all life on Earth and took part in a range of curriculum linked activities to explore this important topic.
They gained an understanding of how the water cycle works, how water supports life, where their tap water comes from, and an appreciation of why and how water should be conserved.
Several students made pledges to change some of their own water related behaviours such as having shorter showers and turning the tap off when they brush their teeth. One of the students (aged 5) wrote “I promise to save water by re-using it. If I get rainwater I can put it on plants.”
The 2019 theme for World Water Day is ‘Leaving no one behind’. Today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. This is even more problematic for some groups such as women, children, disabled people, indigenous people, refugees and many more; who sometimes face discrimination when trying to access and manage the safe water they need.
This year’s theme of ‘Leaving no one behind’ is an adaptation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 which includes a target to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. It recognises “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” It also highlights the importance of access to safe water, whoever you are, wherever you are, without discrimination.
The Year 1 students’ visit helped them gain some appreciation of the importance of water for everyone, everywhere – as well as all living things on planet Earth.
Lara Riley, Year 1 Teacher from York House School said: “One of our school aims is “leaving people and places better than we found them”, so our visit tied in really nicely to the World Water Day theme of ‘Leaving no one behind.’ The children have had a great day learning about the importance of conserving and recycling water. Role-playing the water cycle was a real highlight and helped embed the children’s understanding of where water comes from.”
Hannah Battram, Education Services Manager said: “Helping young people understand why we need to value and protect our water resources both in the UK and globally is so important. It was a great opportunity to celebrate World Water Day with the students from York House School!”