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Title: Water is Life/Team Green International


Summary

The iEARN Water is Life project will bring students into active research and action-oriented collaboration  concerning water as the vital essence of life.


Description

Please note: It is important that you read the Water is Life Project Description and UN Goals, Research and Collaboration Timeline and Guidelines for Activities - 2021 in the folder Project Description, Timeline and Activity Summary before you start the project.

The iEARN Water is Life project will bring students into active research and action-oriented collaboration  concerning water as the vital essence of life.

Taking the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 14 as their inspiration and their focus, students will work within their school and with schools across the globe to study, research and share as they develop an understanding of the Goals and cooperatively develop ideas and strategies to play their part in the meeting of the Goals.

The primary goal of the Water is Life Project is a community Action Plan where students identify an area of action and make a difference.

Students will be encouraged and supported in the development of their learning, their cooperation with their classmates and students in schools around the globe and in turning their research into ideas they can take to the community: local, national and global.

The Water is Life project enables students to work together, collaboratively and constructively, across and between nations on an issue of global importance: the health and sustainability of the world's water. 

Students collaborate globally to achieve the aims of The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to ensure the availability of clean, healthy water for people and the environment.

The iEARN Water is Life project brings schools together to collaborate in active research, reflection, planning and in community action in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #14 and #6 pertaining to the sustainability and health of the world's water.

Students work at a team or class level on a chosen UNSDG and topic, posting their research to the forum. 

Each student is asked to work out their individual goal to help achieve the SDGs and these are also posted to the forum.

Each school then conducts a Community Action Day through which they bring the results of their work to a wider audience.

 


Facilitators

  • Greg Reiva, United States
  • Virginia King, Australia
  • Bob Carter, Australia
  • Rob King, Australia
  • iEARN France, France

Languages

English

Student Age Levels

5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Dates

Sep 01 2021 - Jun 30 2022

Possible classroom activities

Please note: The primary goal of the Water is Life Project is the development, implementation and reporting on a Community Action Plan (Activity 4)

Activity 1 - Introduction:
Write your class introductions and respond to other schools' introductions.

Activity 2 - Research:
Where possible, it is best if your research is based on a local water issue, problem or opportunity. This will give context for the research and also give students a real world purpose for a community action plan.

Activity 3 - Individual Action Goals:
Students talk about their individual action goals and present them on the forum.

Activity 4 - Community Action Plan:
The Community Action is a primary goal of the Water Is Life Project and so we would like all schools to share a report and pictures of their Community activities.

Activity 5 - Reflections:
Each class discusses their reflections and hopes for the future and posts a class response under Reflections on the forum

Remote Learning: Activity 1, 2 and 3 and possibly Activity 4 can be done virtually


Expected outcomes

Students will:

Identify an area of concern arising from their collaborative study of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and

Identify the point where they can make a difference and

Develop a Community Action Plan.

 

These action plans would be take the form of:

Individual - deciding what you can do and acting upon it and

Community - deciding what your school can do and acting upon it.


Group contributions to others and/or the planet:

Students will work within their school and with schools across the globe to study, research and share as they develop an understanding of the Goals and cooperatively develop ideas and strategies to play their part in the meeting of the Goals.

SDG #6 - Clean Water & Sanitation

SDG #14 - Life Below Water


Curriculum area

Science, Environmental Studies