goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
One day, six-year-old Ryan Hreljac was sitting in his first grade classroom listening to his teacher explain that many people across the world do not have access to something that Ryan and his classmates take for granted: clean water. As he thought about how he only had to walk down the hall to the drinking fountain when he was thirsty, he became struck with a deep sympathy for people who didn’t have access to this luxury. He decided to do something about it. Not only did Ryan raise enough money to install one well, but he started a foundation, Ryan's Well, that to this date has installed over 1,000 wells in developing nations across the globe.
Here are just a few example resources you could use to learn more about Ryan's story and teach your students how they can make a difference:
TEACHING GLOBAL GOAL 6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Children's Literature resources
A World Without Water
Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. The documentary 'A World Without Water' tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatization of water supplies.
Water Changes Everything
We can end the water crisis in our lifetime. But first we have to let everyone know it's happening. Learn how water changes everything -- and share this with everyone you know.
Dear Water: You are a Blessing
A poem about the life-changing impact of clean water, written and recited by Kenyan schoolgirls.
Tell us what #wateris to you
Over 660 million people don’t have clean water to drink - that’s more than double the population of USA. For children, a lack of safe water affects every aspect of their lives - from nutrition to education to safety. Join the conversation and tell us what #wateris to you.
Why Water- Learn About the Water Crisis and How You Can Help
Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. But access to clean water changes that. Clean water improves health, gives kids more time in school, empowers women, boosts economies, and gives hope for a brighter future.
Life Without Clean Water
This video exemplifies the crisis faced by the 783 million people globally who do not have access to clean, safe, drinking water. As water is a central and essential ingredient for life, these individuals and families must endure tremendous hardship simply to procure contaminated water which, though life sustaining, brings with it illness, disease, and death.
Everyone, Everywhere 2030:
Grace misses school because she has to walk miles to find water so dirty it could kill her. She’s strong and independent – she has to be to survive. But without water and sanitation, her dreams could come to nothing. Grace’s is the story of hundreds of millions of people around the world. WaterAid works so that everyone, everywhere can have access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education by 2030. We believe that Grace and her family can escape poverty when they have access to these essential resources.
The UK's Green Poet and composer Martin Kiszko is hoping to inspire budding writers through the launch of a water-themed poetry competition with WaterAid. This film illustrates his poem: 'Water Walk,' which he has written to help get children started. The film has been voiced by a child who attends Torridon Junior School in London and the footage features 11-year-old Lala from Soavinarivo village, Bongolava region, Madagascar. Lala is the eldest of seven siblings and has been collecting water since the age of 4 at least twice a day.