Its back to school, back to Water Explorer for the grade 7 class of Bambanani Primary School. Today we learnt about the water crisis in Western Cape with some of the city’s major dams like Theewaters Kloof only 14% full. Day zero is just around the corner.
We started the lesson with a brief introduction to global water and then brought the topic to a local and relatable level with a water audit of each learner’s water consumption within a 24 hour day. Unlike some schools, most of the village children do not have flush toilets or water on tap. Having to carry water for sometimes long distances makes this precious resource a valuable commodity. As a result, we discovered that compared to other urban city children, our water footprint was relatively small. We then went on to lighten our footprint even further with a pledge to do something positive to save every drop.