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Beaconhurst for Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
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Posted by Beaconhurst School, United Kingdom on 28 November 2016

Beaconhurst for Global Goal 6

This year the Beaconhurst Senior Eco Committee are going to make a valuable contribution towards a Global Goal and are using the Water Explorers programme to help. There are 17 Global Goals. These were identified by the United Nations and were created in order to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by 2030.

The school as a whole decided which Eco-related Goal to contribute to through a consultation process in which members of the Eco Committee recorded votes, opinions and suggestions from pupils and staff. One aspect of the process involved each Senior Eco rep presenting ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’ to their year group. Some of the committee surveyed Bridge of Allan residents in the street and another set up an online poll to ask parents.

The winning goal was number 6: ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’. The committee then signed up for Water Explorers as ‘Water Warriors’. The challenges provided lots of ideas for the annual Eco week. Some of the activities that the warriors were involved in were:

  • An assembly presented by the Eco committee to raise awareness of their work.
  • Raising £237.70 for the Oxfam Haiti Hurricane Appeal by holding a dress down day and a ‘guess the volume of water’ competition.
  • Presenting and/or participating in activities within house groups including: making a personal pledge to reduce water consumption; writing letters to companies asking them to discontinue the use of microbeads; considering how much water is used in producing clothing; and coming up with ideas on how to reduce paper use in school and therefore the water used in paper production.
  • Running or participating in a post-hurricane scenario to transport and filter water.
  • Helping nursery pupils grow bean sprouts to eat.
  • Playing computer games, on the Scottish Water website, which educate on the water supply.

Now the Water Warriors are working to complete several challenges including ‘Thirsty Paper’, ‘Thirsty Farming’ and ‘Fashionable water’. We are also going to test our local river, the Allan Water, for signs of pollution.




Opportunities
Completing Challenges will help you climb the Water Explorer leaderboard. In addition, your project work can be used to support CREST and Eco-Schools Awards.

CREST Award (British Science Association)
Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.

Use Water Explorer Challenges as a basis for a CREST Bronze Award. To get the Award, you’ll need to spend at least 10 hours on your project. Find out more about CREST Bronze Award here.

Eco-Schools Award
Tackle Water Explorer Challenges and gather evidence to apply for an Eco-Schools Award. Challenges address several Eco-School topics including Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. Take the plunge and go for your Green Flag Award! Find out more about Eco-Schools England here.

Contact the Water Explorer team through schools@waterexplorer.org with any questions on how Water Explorer can help you achieve sustainability success.

Local Partner Global Action Plan

Global Action Plan UK (GAP UK) is an environmental behaviour change charity that has been helping people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles for over 20 years. GAP UK works with schools, communities and businesses to develop and deliver programmes that change behaviours. 

GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk 

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