With the theme, ‘Leaving no one behind’, the World Water Day Event was organised on 25th March at the Emirates Soil Museum in Dubai. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water for all.
In order to spread awareness among students that about billions of people are still living without safe water, the UAE government thought of a way to disseminate this vital information.
Emirates Soil Museum, Surge and Blank Canvas have joined hands together to engage Years 5 and 6 students in an active learning about water access and conservation as well as its relation to soil and life.
Altogether, there were five activities: Communal Art- A series of creative and collaborative workshop was organised that allowed students to express themselves artistically by painting together around one canvas fostering a spirit of cooperation and creativity; Race for Water- An obstacle course was conducted where students experienced what it is like for disadvantaged persons to find water and appreciate the obstacles they may face. This was to drive empathy and reinforce the notion that we must leave no one behind; Every Drop Counts- A fun game was conducted to ensure no one goes without water, being mindful and careful of every water drop. This challenge allowed students to appreciate this most precious resource and learn that “Water Is Life”; Tour of the Emirates Soil Museum- A guided tour of the unique facility in the region, where students learned about and map out the precious water and soil resources of the UAE; and The Water Maze- A reinforcement of the need for partnerships in achieving the ambitious Global Goals. The children collaborated jointly to solve a life size maze which demonstrated how water is the undercurrent for all the SDGs. The game was designed in a way that required every member of the team to think and collaborate to win.
Water Conservation has to be practiced by everyone in order to avoid unnecessary water usage, thus making each a giver of it to those who are in dire need.