Triona Mullally

I would choose sustainable development goal 6 clean water and sanitation. Comprehensive water education provides the necessary tools to monitor water quality in order to reduce contamination, helps to improve water use by developing greater resources for its reuse and contributes to raising awareness among communities to ensure they play an active part in improving their water management and sanitation.

There is a huge amount of activities and assignments that can be based on the theme of water.

The theme of water offers a great opportunity for group work, I would ask the groups to list ways in which they use water in their everyday lives. E.g. washing, cooking, drinking, cleaning. This would lead to a discussion on the volume of water used in daily actions and habits. That would develop into why it is important to conserve water. Turn off tap when brushing teeth, taking short showers. Here the children would develop their understanding of conscious water consumption, thus motivating themselves and others to change patterns of unsustainable water consumption.

This discussion would lead onto activities based on good hygiene and sanitation. Clean water is required for proper hand-washing and sanitation skills. I would discuss with the class how water is essential to life. I would explain that water constitutes up to 65% of the human body and 90% of the structure of plants. if we were deprived of water, no living being can survive for long. I would then guide the children on project work based on water pollution and discuss and research how the existence of human life, animals and plants are seriously threatened because of pollution of rivers, water shortages in certain regions of the world and droughts caused by climate change.

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