Monday, 28 February 2011

Belgian children to walk twice round the world to demand water for the world's poorest

Philippe Moreau works in Belgium and is helping to coordinate the World Walks for Water campaign in 75 schools across the country on World Water Day. Around 15000 school children will walk on the day! Read here about why they are joining in...

The organisation I work for, MOS (Milieuzorg Op School, Environmental Care at School), helps schools develop their own environmental care system. Children and young people work together with school staff on different environmental issues. The entire school population promotes nature and environmentally friendly behaviour. A key objective of the project is that children and young people acquire the necessary skills to conduct themselves as future responsible citizens ensuring an environmentally friendly and sustainable society.

In the blog we join forces with the NGO, challenging schools to take action for sustainable water use and to be aware of the water problems in the world.

In 2010 we organised a "Stand still for water" on World Water Day. We asked people to reflect on water during a freeze action taking place on marketplaces in five towns. You can watch the video clip here.

Since it's a nice idea to progress from a standstill for water to a walk for water, we asked schools to organise a walk for water with their pupils and to join the World Walks for Water in 2011, because kids shouldn't actually be walking for water in developing countries across the world. They should have the opportunity instead for school and play.

To date, 75 schools have joined and 15.000 students will walk more than twice around the world collectively. Check back after the day for photos and an update on how it went!

MOS is a project of the Flemish Government, the five Flemish provinces and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region.

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