Arouse Children’s Love for Water

On November 16, 2018, Global Water Partnership Hunan (GWP Hunan) convened over a thousand children from different primary schools to ferment the outcomes of the annual water saving campus campaign with the youngest water warriors in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province.

“2018 Water Saving Campus Campaign of Hunan” is jointly supported by the Education Administration of Changsha Municipal, Water Resources Department of Hunan, Water Bureau of Changsha Municipal and primary schools of Hunan Province.

Last Friday morning, more than 1000 pupils gathered in Jinqiao Experimental Primary School. They expected “the Best Water Saving Junior Reporter Award of Hunan” and “the Best Water Saving School Award of Hunan” that honour schoolchildren and schools whose discoveries and inventions have contributed in significant and lasting ways to water protection and efficiency. 239 primary students and six schools obtained the laurel for their behaviour in this field on Friday. Honorees presented peers their innovations of saving water.

The event appeared an annual outcomes summary of implementing the online water saving platform that is jointly initiated by the Hunan Provincial Water Saving Administration and GWP Hunan for a widespread network of water saving and protection in local communities. Jointly supported by governments, corporates and public media, the Platform has over 5000 teenagers registered as ‘water saving junior reporters’ until November 2018. They share skills, devices, knowledge and stories on the efficient use of natural resources with peers and adults. The mechanism of ‘public-private-media’ underpins the platform to help children quantify their contributions and transform the saving outcomes to philanthropies for further water saving innovations, campaigns and knowledge products.

“Kids have great potential energies and passions on water saving, protection and sustainable development,” said Prof Dong SHENG, Provincial Coordinator of GWP China Hunan and Senior Engineer of Hunan Water Resources Institute, “their knowledge, skills and a strong sense of water-efficient management would affect their peers, schools, teachers and especially families, including parents and grandparents. It is the best outcome of our campaign”.