Schools, students and teachers urged to get involved on World Water Day

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Group of children playing snakes and ladders
Image: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

Every year on the 22 March we celebrate World Water Day. It's a day for us to celebrate water, but it’s also a day for us to raise awareness of the 2 billion people in the world – or one in four - currently living without access to safe water.

We know that around 290,000 children under five die every year from diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s more than 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.

We also know that globally, 31% of schools do not have a basic water service, and 584 million children lack a basic drinking water service at their school.

Young girl collecting clean water
Image: WaterAid/Habibul Haque

That is why on World Water Day, we are calling on Australian schools to get involved and help change these statistics for good.

There are a range of great ways students, schools and teachers can participate, from fun classroom Water Water Day activities and teaching resources, to fundraisers and events.

Ask students to wear blue and make a gold coin donation to celebrate World Water Day, or download and decorate some WaterAid bunting to put around your school.

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Image: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

We can also provide a number of fantastic teaching resources to help teach students about the global water and sanitation crisis, how this links to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and issues such as climate change, and the different technologies WaterAid uses in projects such as rainwater harvesting. Gather your school together and go through this presentation before watching this video about SDG 6.

Whether you are raising money or raising awareness this World Water Day, every act of support helps us move closer to a world where everyone, everywhere has access to clean water.