Scottsville Primary wins Water Explorer trophy

2016-09-07 06:00
PHOTO: Bridget Ringdahl  Scottville Primary was awarded the Water Explorer Tap trophy and R10 000 toward their eco-projects. ABOVE: Pupils with the certificate and trophy (from left) Kaiden Subiah, Alicia Naidoo, Hana Jeremiah, Bethlehem Shimelis, Amone Stieger, Joshua Pillay, Preshaine Singaram and Gabrielle Hollenberg.

PHOTO: Bridget Ringdahl Scottville Primary was awarded the Water Explorer Tap trophy and R10 000 toward their eco-projects. ABOVE: Pupils with the certificate and trophy (from left) Kaiden Subiah, Alicia Naidoo, Hana Jeremiah, Bethlehem Shimelis, Amone Stieger, Joshua Pillay, Preshaine Singaram and Gabrielle Hollenberg.

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FIVE of South Africa’s top Water Explorer teams gathered at the Durban Botanical Gardens last week to present their water-saving efforts to an expert panel.

The teams included Scottsville Primary, Hawkstone Primary, St Peters Girls School, Manor Gardens Primary and Glenridge Pre-primary, each with their own unique story of how they had made a difference to their water usage over the past year.

The WESSA Water Explorer Programme is an online fun, inspiring and educational programme that empowers pupils across the world to lead joint action on water issues for their schools and communities. Schools 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. Each country selects their top five schools of which one is selected as the national winner.

“Water Explorer has been so important for us as it has given us a great way to remind people about how important water is in this time of severe drought and how much we are wasting, and how we can change this doing simple things.

“For an example we collected over 13 000 litres of grey water from our school’s families which took the message back home reminding everyone of how much water they use daily just for cleaning. We then used this water on our gardens and for flushing our toilets,” said Grade 6 pupil, Joshua Pillay from Scottsville Primary.

Scottsville Primary School was selected as the top team for 2016 amid tough competition. The judges were impressed with the way the whole school participated across a number of water explorer challenges. This included a massive grey water saving campaign, replacing all aged pipes where there had been lots of slow leakages; taking a very active stand on the fracking issue.

The schools has collected a few hundred signatures and have a mobile fracking display explaining the water related problems with fracking, that it taken out at any public opportunity. Their long standing recycling facility has also ensured that millions of litres of embedded water have been indirectly saved. Most importantly the school has embraced the programme and the children have been active in reporting about their efforts on the Water Explorer newsreel blog.

Scottville Primary was awarded the Water Explorer Tap trophy and R10 000 toward their eco-projects. They will also be representing South Africa at the International Water Explorer event in London in October.

”The programme has been life-changing for many of us at Scottsville. It has been so very motivating for everyone concerned from our pupils, parents and staff. It is couldn’t be a more important programme to be part of in South Africa, in light of the water crisis we are in,” said teacher Carmen Cawood. - Supplied.

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