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WaterAid has a range of free, online teaching materials for primary and secondary schools, all about global water and sanitation issues. Cross-curricular themes explore global issues around access to clean, safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

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Ditch the Dirt is an exciting new STEM challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years. It enables pupils to investigate ways of making dirty water cleaner through sieving and filtering and can also be used to explore ways of making water safe to drink.

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CAFOD Primary Schools website

This website, from the international charity CAFOD, includes lots of freebies for teachers. The site includes assembly ideas, downloadable resource packs, quizzes, online activities and stories suitable for using with different age groups.

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Design for a better world

This is a set of resources from Practical Action which presents a global design challenge for students aged 11-14 years.

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The Thinking Together about… resources from HEC Global Learning are designed to be used in classrooms and to help school partnerships to learn together and from each other through exploring everyday themes that affect them all.

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This toolkit from Plan Canada will help you explore the issues of water and sanitation in many parts of the world where these essential resources are limited.

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Oxfam Water Week for Schools provides opportunities for young people to learn and think critically about water issues, before taking informed and meaningful action.

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The GA has made available a range of high quality images that can be used in the classroom at all levels to stimulate enquiry among students into a variety of human and physical geographical topics…

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This education pack and online starter activities support Key Stage 2 primary school pupils (ages 7-11) to explore the topic of rivers, including ideas for working on this topic with a partner school in another country.

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This short film follows two children in Bangladesh and England, during the course of a day. They get up, go to school, help around the house, eat and pray. The film highlights issues around food, water, religion and the environment to help stimulate classroom discussion.

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Encounter Edu has developed a range of online enquiry-based education programmes and lesson plans aiming to ‘bring the oceans to the classroom’. They incorporate scientists’ experiences and research gained during expeditions to the Arctic and the

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These free online teaching resources from Tourism Concern focus on water, the world’s most vital resource, and how it connects to tourism, the world’s fastest growing industry. They are designed for teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 Geography

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Practical Action’s Global CREST challenges are based on real problems faced in developing countries. They are divided into five themes – water, food, energy, shelter and transport, and give secondary students ideas for starting points for projects.

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This website from the Centre for Alternative Technology is an eco-footprint teaching resource, and has been developed for teachers of Key Stages 2-3 in Wales. But all educators – in Wales and beyond – with an interest in teaching about sustainable

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Practical Action image gallery

Practical Action’s free online image gallery for schools features photos from developing countries on number of topics: renewable energy, water & sanitation, farming, plants, recycling, climate change, transport, costume and technology justice.

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Practical Action video gallery

Practical Action’s schools video gallery contains a number of short films from Practical Action that teachers in both Primary and Secondary schools may find useful as support material or starting points for lessons across the curriculum.

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This website aims to provide efficient and comprehensive access to statistical data on world issues. You select a subject from the top menu and watch the countries on the map change their size according to the data

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Practical Action schools website

The Practical Action website provides teaching resources with a global element for both primary and secondary levels (Key Stages 2 to 5). The website provides a range of free resources to support the teaching of science and design and technology in a global context.

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Picture my World is a website for primary children produced by the Catholic aid charity CAFOD. It is packed full of photographs taken by children in the UK, Cambodia and Rwanda and also has lots of fun games and stories and film clips

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Practical Action technical briefs

Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely available to people in the developing world. They provide detailed technical information on a variety of subjects ranging from how to make jams and pickles to how to build a flood-proof house or an aerial ropeway.

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