Irish Water in partnership with An Taisce Green-Schools celebrated World Water Day 2014 by Walking for Water in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough. On 26th March, 100 children took part in a 6km walk carrying 6 litres of water to raise awareness of the lack of access to water for young people around the world.
In addition to raising awareness about the global water crisis, the children also learned about their own local rivers and where drinking water comes from. The children and their teachers were welcomed by Anthony Purcell, Green-School’s Manager, as well as Elizabeth Arnett, Head of Communications and Corporate Services at Irish Water. This was followed by the filling of bottles from the stream and the planting of a native oak tree. Talks and activities throughout the walk explored how children in developing countries access water and also focused on the biodiversity of the Glendalough valley.
Irish Water in partnership with Green-Schools is also encouraging schools across the country to organise their own events to mark World Water Day. These events promise to be an informative, fun and engaging day out for students, teachers and parents alike.
Anthony Purcell (Green-Schools Manager) and Elizabeth Arnett (Head of Communications and Corporate Services, Irish Water) Walking for World Water Day 2014.
Thousands of entries to the Irish Water Green-Schools ‘Value Water’ Poster Competition were also received on World Water Day. The competition was open to primary and secondary school students across the country to design a poster which best illustrates the message ‘Value Water’. 12 Regional Winners will be chosen from three age categories, each winning a Samsung Galaxy Tab. Three National winners will then be chosen winning the prize of €500 for their school’s Green-School committee. The winners of the competition will be awarded at an event in May and presented with their prize, a certificate as well as a mounted copy of their poster.
In addition to the Poster Competition, the closing date for the Irish Water Green-Schools of the Year Award was World Water Day, the 22nd March. This award recognises innovation and creativity in primary and secondary schools who have achieved success in reducing their water consumption, spreading awareness about water issues and involving their community in their Green-Schools Water programme. The Irish Water Primary School of the Year and the Irish Water Secondary School of the Year will be selected from a shortlist of eight schools and will be awarded in May 2014.
Irish Water is the sole sponsor of the Water Theme of the Green-Schools programme, Ireland’s largest and most successful environmental education programme. The aim of the Water theme is for schools to increase awareness of water conservation and efficiency and for students to understand its impact on our lives. For more information on Irish Water’s partnership with Green-Schools, please click here.