The Canadian Waters Challenge: Explore and Celebrate Water with Your Students

Discover a participatory game that brings young Canadians to discover stories on the theme of water and then to educate the public on different issues.

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The Canadian Waters Challenge is a participatory game through which young Canadians are encouraged to discover stories on the theme of water and then to educate the public on various issues.

By offering this educational initiative, the organization Waterlution wishes to transform the country's schools into spaces of conversation around water and train the leaders of tomorrow in important issues for our communities. The Canadian Waters Challenge encourages young people aged 9 to 18 to learn more about their watershed, by getting involved in their community and by making connections with water studies programs.

It is by discovering many stories about the past of the waters that young people will come to better understand how this past influences their future. In a fun and interactive way, they will become aware of and develop a greater capacity to protect their water resources.

From exploration to celebration

Participating in the Canadian Waters Challenge means taking up a series of challenges that promote awareness of our personal connection and that of our community with water. The Challenge is divided into two levels, the EXPLORATION level which takes place between October 16 and December 22, 2017 and the CELEBRATION level which takes place between January 8 and March 22, 2018.

The first level includes an introductory workshop, a water challenge and a community challenge. The second level includes an event planning and community engagement workshop and concludes with the creation of a water celebration in the school or community. This must involve young people and adults in taking charge of the organization of a day of action, which aims to initiate changes in the community.

The various challenges can be submitted through a blog, email, Googledrive or other medium.

A variety of online resources

In collaboration with a Youth Advisory Council the Waterlution team supports schools throughout the Challenge with various tools and workshops. These include webinars with expert guests, online terminology glossaries and a list of local issues in Canada. These various resources strengthen the acquisition by young people of new skills and aim to arouse their curiosity.

In addition, an interactive online map illustrates how water connects us all, from coast to coast. It is on this card that the classes participating in the Challenge can write the unique story of their community, thus helping to enrich the experience of future groups.

Participating classes have the opportunity to be networked with school teams from across the country through virtual calls. Finally, groups can submit photos and videos of their water celebration for a chance to win great prizes.

For more information, to read testimonials from teachers and to register your class before October 16, visit the website: http://waterlution.org/GWC/french/.

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