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11 countries to train 9,000 teens as global water ambassadors

Leading environmental NGO, Global Action Plan (GAP) and HSBC have announced a new two-year collaboration that aims to engage learners in 11 countries in understanding how water affects lives, and taking practical action to protect and save water in school communities. This student-led “Water Explorer” initiative aims to engage over 9,000 learners in tackling various water issues including water saving, cleaner water, embedded water and access to water. School teams will create their own practical action plans to make a difference. Activities are geared for children up to the age of 14 in schools in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Bermuda and Switzerland.

WESSA Eco-Schools is proud to have been chosen as the implementation partner for the Water Explorer project in South Africa. This fun and inspiring online initiative also supports the national curriculum and compliments the Eco-schools programme, although schools don’t have to be Eco-schools to participate. The project will be launched in January 2014 and is free for any school wishing to participate. Schools can register here at

School will earn points as they complete a variety of water challenges and through their efforts to manage their water more wisely will have the opportunity to win many appropriate prizes to assist them in achieving their water goals. Furthermore Water Explorer will help children develop life skills such as presenting, critical thinking, project management and team working. As GAP programmes are supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), all students who complete the Water Explorer challenge will achieve a UNEP certificate and the participating schools.

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