Scottsville Primary Jet-Setters
Scottsville Primary School celebrates International Water Savings Award
Scottsville Primary’s Alisha Naidoo and Gabrielle Hollenberg recently represented South Africa at the International Water Explorer Event at the HSBC Headquarters in London to celebrate the fantastic work that all top International Water Explorer teams had done over the year. With over 100 guests from 11 countries – including some from as far away as Turkey and Bermuda – the atmosphere was electric.
Water Explorer is Global Action Plan UK’s school and youth-group based environmental education project, supported by the HSBC Water Programme. It aims to highlight the importance of water conservation on a global level. In South Africa the programme is implemented by WESSA.
The long journey and jet lag did not dampen the spirits and energy of the girls, who shared water saving stories and enjoyed the many activities with the international group. In true Water Explorer style, language barriers were side-stepped as children made friends and shared experiences with their international peers. With bucket loads of great water-saving work from every country, the judges from HSBC, Water Aid and Global Action plan had tough decisions to make. The Scottsville team shared how they had tackled the severe drought crippling South Africa. They spearheaded a grey water saving campaign that resulted in the school collecting over 14000 litres of grey water. The water brought in from the learners’ homes was used for flushing toilets and sustaining their gardens. The South African team also showed how they were able to go beyond the scope of the Water Explorer programme by tackling the politically sensitive issue of Fracking. They have driven a hard campaign collecting over 1000 signatories to a petition through exhibiting their Water Explorer Fracking stand at the Victoria Mall during the course of October and informing the public and getting more of their petitions signed! For these efforts, the team was enthralled to be awarded the “Best Water Savings” Award.
Water Explorer, now in its third year, is going from strength to strength. The efforts of the children this year has taken the programme to the dizzy heights of 1.7million m3 of water saved and, by spreading the word, the programme has engaged over 400,000 people.
Schools, eco-clubs, scout/cub groups can register for free at www.waterexplorer.org
Quote: “I loved how we were able to help some tadpoles we found in a polluted dam we brought them back to school and kept them in a fishbowl. We feed them and watched them grow and eventually returned them to a safe and clean dam. We learned about the life cycle and about caring.
I love that Water Explorers is encouraging and educational.
Since being a Water Explorer, my lifestyle has completely changed!”