Water and Environment

Water and Sanitation for All is a unit of three lessons designed to:
1) Raise awareness of the problems facing children with inadequate access to clean water or sanitation facilities
2) Increase students' understanding of the issue as one that affects them as well
3) Explore how organizations, agencies and individuals are working to address the problems
4) Encourage students to take their own steps in addressing the local and global issues of water and sanitation

What Does Achieving the Water MDG Mean for School Children?

UNICEF and the World Health Organization recently announced that the world had met the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well ahead of the 2015 deadline.

 

In the lead-up to World Water Day on March 22, UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Murat Sahin, UNICEF advisor on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools initiative, and Alexander Schratz, the Executive Director of Fit for School, a Philippines-based non-governmental organization, about how much progress has been made and what this means for children.

For more information, see http://www.educationandtransition.org/resources/what-does-achieving-the-water-mdg-mean-for-school-children/.

In the Face of Worst Outbreak in Decades, Children in Cameroon Learn to Fight Cholera

Educating school children and young people about cholera and other waterborne diseases is at the heart of a new campaign, ‘My School Without Cholera’, launched by the government across Cameroon’s three northern regions and supported by UNICEF and other partners, including the private sector. At the recording of this podcast in 2010, the country was facing the worst cholera outbreak in over 20 years. With more than 7,000 cases and some 500 deaths, the need to promote essential hygiene and sanitation practices with clear information is urgent.  (http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/cameroon_56562.html)

Climate Change

A changing global environment creates challenges in the form of drought, floods and disasters. Children are especially vulnerable to the future effects of climate change. Watch this video to learn more.

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