Grade 1 girls were inspired after watching a short video about a young girl who walks for water every day.
April 20, 2017
Water Walk Teaches Global Lessons
Carrying jugs of water, Grade 1 students, alongside their parents, participated in a water walk on the lower field. Students have been learning about access to clean water and that many young women have to walk long distances to retrieve clean water for their villages.
The two classes, under the instruction of Ms Andrea Russell and Ms Jeanette Seymour, have read several stories, viewed photographs and watched a short video narrated by a young girl who walks for water every day.
"How are you feeling?" Ms Russell asks a group of girls who have placed their buckets on a bench and stopped for a break.
“Tired,” answers the Grade 1 student.
Along the route, which loops around the western part of the Branksome campus, the teachers set up break stations with messages about girls in Africa and Asia who have to make a much longer trip each day. A parent reminds the girls that the majority of women who collect water will never have the opportunity to go to school. The girls pick up their buckets and continue walking toward the woodlot.
Earlier this year, Grade 6 students teamed up with Brita and WE.org to raise awareness about the lack of clean drinking water in rural villages and the impact on girls’ lives as they walk long distances each day to collect water.