In the next 25 years, a third of the population will face severe water scarcity. With 20 percent of the world’s total freshwater resources and the longest marine coastline of any country in the world, Canada plays a pivotal role in managing global water resources. The next generation of Canadians must be well equipped to tackle the world’s water challenges. Water for the World aims to ignite a sense of pragmatism to develop systemic change leaders.
March 2020, during National Engineering Month, Water for the World will partner with Toronto Public Library to teach students about global water issues. Workshops will be delivered to students in grades 7 to 9 by engaged volunteers with diverse backgrounds as engineers and social innovators. As a volunteers, you can help to introduce a new generation to the power of youth leaders in the global fight to increase access to clean water.
We are currently recruiting volunteers and look forward to continuing to grow. Sign up here to volunteer today!
The Water for the World presentation is an engaging hour and a half that educates, challenges, and inspires students to think about creative solutions to global water access issues. Our program is divided into a three-part learning format as recommended by the Ontario Ministry of Education – Opening (Minds On), Middle (Action – Interactive/Hands-On), Closing (Debrief/Consolidation).
A large component of the presentation involves hands-on interaction where groups of 4-6 students construct their own water filters using recycled plastic bottles and multiple layers of sand and gravel. The students are grouped into different countries, and are provided with different levels of information and amounts of play money, depending on their country’s literacy rate and wealth, respectively.
Through this activity, students are challenged to think critically and creatively, while collaborating with their peers. Students will gain a better understanding of social issues in technological development, while being exposed to the concept of international interdependence and cooperation as it relates to the global need for potable water. We also aim to engage students by highlighting the potential role youth can have in addressing these issues.
Are you interested in working with youth?
Are you available for training in January/February and want to host a 2 hour workshop in March?
Volunteering as a workshop leader may be for you!
We are looking for engineers, technologists and social justice volunteers to lead workshops for 2020.
As a workshop leader you will be required to complete a training session and commit to a workshop. You will be working with another workshop volunteer to learn the workshop presentation and give the workshop on the selected day as well as help out with kit building.
Training days are January 11th and February 8th. The workshops are set to be held at select Toronto Public Library locations during the week of March 9-13th. Fill out a sign up form here.