Creating young global citizensThe UN Sustainable Development Goals represent a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage with global issues. At Beaconhurst School in Scotland, a group of students decided that they wanted to make a valuable contribution towards one of the Global Goals, and held a vote to decide which one to tackle. When Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation – came out as the clear winner, the students chose the Water Explorer programme to help them to make their contribution. The team have managed to get their whole school involved in activities such as writing letters to companies asking them to discontinue their use of microbeads, signing water pledges and tackling paper use in school. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="214"] Rainwater harvesting at a school in South Africa[/caption] As well as showing young people that their local actions can have a global impact, international education programmes like Water Explorer also help young people to understand and feel connected to issues that are not so close to home. A South African school vegetable patch was not something that pupils at two schools from Ireland had on their minds until they connected with a Water Explorer school in South Africa. This connection brought to life the water issues that children in South Africa were facing and resulted in the Irish pupils raising and donating money to the South African school to help them to set up a much-needed rainwater harvesting system. Beyond Water Explorer we have ambitions to extend the reach and impact of our programmes, so that we can continue to help young people around the world to develop into Global Citizens who can Transform our World, so watch this space! To find out more about the Water Explorer programme, or register your school, please go to our website.
The photo at the top of the page shows Water Champions at Hawkstone Primary School in South Africa.