Friday, March 22, 2013

World Water Day 2013 & Education

“International Year of Water Cooperation”


World Water Day is observed annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The international water day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. 2013, will reflects of the International Year of Water Cooperation.

World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water and is coordinated by UNESCO in collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA on behalf of UN-Water.


As you see, educators must be prepared for all kinds of events to share and teach. March is an inspirational month! Perhaps it is about Spring?

Yesterday, it was World Poetry Day, Arbor Day and Forest International Day! Wow so much to talk about and inspire our students! 

The success of the "International Year of Water Cooperation" and the World Water Day depends on the involvement of everyone! We start this involvment in school education.

We could start with this infographic where students can vizualize the importance of Freshwater.

Freshwater is one of today’s most pressing developmental challenges, impacting food & agriculture, gender equality, health & sanitation, population & urbanization.

Some Activities WWD:

  • Promote the International Year of Water Cooperation and the World Water Day at school: use the logo, web banners on students blogs and other campaign materials;
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of water cooperation: use the brochure, the messages, case studies and success stories;
  • Share your knowledge with students, fparents, and colleagues;
  • Develop the students capacities by asking students to organize a workshop to other students and why not to some teachers;
  • Foster dialogue and cooperation among schools in countries where water could be a problem;
  • Take action by asking students to write news and articles about water for school journals or ask a radio station to cooperate with your students and get an interview to be broadcasting;
  • Send UN Water your students' pictures, artworks, videos and other creations. They wiill be shared with the world;

Levels: Every teacher must adapte the activities to school level.

Curricula: Cross-curricula.

Other Resources:

SG Ban Ki-moon video message for World Water Day

The Key Water Indicate Portal is online here

Fresh Water For All | Infographic

World Water Day: 10 facts you ought to know | Greenpeace

World Water Day: Celebrating Women's Rights | Amnesty International

Be innovative! Inspire your students!


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