|You need to join Pumped Up for Peace in order to participate in the Forum
|Pumped Up for
Peace offers students the opportunity to participate
in finding solutions to global problems. It combines
learning with social action.
This project puts a personal face on a widely cited
statistic: 1.1 billion people lack access to
safe drinking water. By following the community
of Huacaria's efforts to improve the quality of their
water, you and your students can learn about this important
global issue up close.
Begin by having your students view the slide
show. Please note that discussion questions are
embedded in the slides. When you click on ,
a journal will pop up that your students can write in
and then print out. The slide
show can be printed in two different formats (either
one slide per page or 3-4 slides per page) or you can
simply print out one slide at a time. The printed copies
can be bound into a booklet for your students. Add your
own discussion questions to those we have provided.
Two activities are included to help you and your students
explore water-related themes discussed in the slide
show: one on filtering
water and one on testing
rainwater. You can find other water-related activities
in a new United Nations publication on water: Every
Body Counts, Every Drop Matters.
We also encourage you to develop more in-depth activities
that involve testing the quality of water in your community.
You may want to send samples of water to a laboratory
or test it yourself with a water testing kit. If you
do it yourself make sure you test the chemical, biological,
and physical characteristics of the water. Each category
will help you evaluate how healthy your water is. Water
testing kits can be found on the Internet. Familiarize
yourself with what benchmarks environmental scientists
look for to determine whether water is safe to drink
or for fish to live in.
To extend your explorations you can choose to introduce
a more in-depth investigation of indigenous
peoples Or examine water-related
health issues. The Cyberschoolbus web site offers
a good introduction to both topics. Finally, you can
have your students explore the
Millenium Development Goals by researching the progress your country has made
toward increasing access to safe drinking water.
In order to participate in Pumped Up for Peace, you
your class. Once you have registered, you will receive
regular updates from the Huacaria community about the
progress they are making to improve the quality of their
water and to build a healthier environment.
Learning about the world's most precious resource should
be accompanied by action to protect it. Registered schools
are asked to organize a fundraising campaign in their
communities to raise awareness and funds. The funds
will be used to implement plans to renovate the water
system in Huacaria and build a new hygienic centre with
bathrooms and showers for the children.
In a few weeks we will be adding interactive forums
so that your school will be able to interact with other
schools around the world that are helping the native
community of Huacaria.