Mapping water

Schools and teachers, Teaching, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 3, Citizenship, Geography
Essenati and other women carrying water they collected at the well in Mozambique WaterAid/Jon Spaull

These lesson plans, designed for Geography and Citizenship KS3 and KS4 classes, introduce students to the mapping techniques that are used to plan the best location for water points in villages in the developing world.

The lessons explore how these techniques are used by WaterAid and the importance of community participation in the process, using Essenati's (above) community in Mozambique as a case study.

Students are encouraged to think about how they can map water usage in school in order to plan how to save water and how to promote their ideas to others.

The lesson plans can be used as the basis for a number of lessons, and allow the teacher to choose whether to cover all aspects of the plans or just a few. Some of the activities might be particularly suitable for homework or extension work.