Resource 1: Problems of getting water

Example of pupils' work

Teacher resource for planning or adapting to use with pupils

  • Long distances to travel to obtain water.
  • Leaving younger children behind to get water.
  • Pupils out of school to collect water.
  • Is the water clean and safe?
  • Size of containers to carry water and weight of water to carry over long distances.
  • Time taken to obtain water stops people doing other things.
  • The water collected may be contaminated by poor sanitation and animals’ use.
  • Open to infection by water-borne diseases.
  • Drought can restrict access to clean water.
  • Lack of infrastructure e.g. pipes and storage containers to capture rainwater etc.
  • Lack of systems to purify water.
  • Lack of education about ways to use and keep safe natural water resources.
  • No sustained access to water.

3. Organising a campaign

Resource 2: Water usage diary