Water circulates through the land just as it does through the human body, transporting, dissolving, replen-ishing nutrients and organic matter, while carrying away waste material. Further in the body, it regulates the activities of fluids, tissues, cells, lymph, blood and glandular secretions. However, nowadays we are experiencing a very difficult era, and the future looks even worse when referring to both the quality and the quantity of water. Most of the earth’s bases with clean water are rapidly diminishing while everyday demand for water is highly increasing and the negative influence of these two unequal constants is recognized and signalized by also world leaders. The official conference held in Paris in the last years (December 2015 and also in April 2016) related to Climate Change led to serious resolutions and commitments in this aspect. During the conference the leaders emphasized the great connections and negative impact that the rapidly developing climate changes has on the ability of nations to attain a sustainable development. Being part of the environment, water is a cross-cutting issue that influences the development of nations from many points of view: state of health, food security supplies, economic development/growth, ecosystem services and world’s biodiversity.
The climate conference that took place in Paris had to the aim to encourage people’s/countries/ actors of the civic society in general, to cooperate as well as to take initiatives in order to maintain a healthy environment, with a direct focus on water, climate changes and resilience. From this reason we strongly believe that all the objectives that we set for our partnership are entirely justified in the international context, in which all the partners from the participating countries can share ideas and can mutually instill in students a responsible and sustainable behavior towards the environment. The newest objective of the United Nations United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 6 refers to ‘clean, accessible water for all’. Our partnership’s teaching/training activities along with the mentioned outcomes will set a standard for the very important Goal and our purpose is to attain the High-Level Panel.
We want to prove how schools and also local communities from all over Europe can take initiative to promote the Goal 6. As providers of education, we, the teachers, cannot be careless about the endangered future that water has, we have to take serious action in preserving the water resources for the future generations. We believe that a very influential way to do this and act proactively is by creating the very meaningful educational project which will work as the program that will educate students for the both the short and long run about its strategic and crucial role in life. In this respect, the purpose of our partnership is to create an integrative and also a multidisciplinary, hands-on, explicit teaching approach that will be achieved and complemented only by the help of all our project partners who will contribute with the skills, experience and expertise they have in different fields of educational areas.
The partnership’s basic priority unfolds around the basic priority of multiple teachers from different countries working together in order to generate a methodological publication of ‘Good practices’.
The methodological publication will in fact be a well-designed and well tied together program that will focus on promoting and stimulating interdisciplinary education, for students aged between 15-18 years old. The program will be designed to help students become aware of the importance that water has in supporting life on earth in general and human life in particular. But of a vital importance nowadays is also to make the young generations-starting with our students, realize how important it is to develop, maintain and promote a responsible behavior of water consumption.
A high priority is to make students understand how vulnerable the water sources are, how quickly the quantity of this natural re-sources is diminishing, and also to work collaboratively to find ways that will ensure a sustainable water management. Additionally the students will also understand how important it is to work collaboratively as in the context of our multinational project, to find solutions for a common, universal, international issue that generates and maintains life on earth-water; as this water, is our mutual, international source of life as rivers or any other water base are very often crossing the borders of a country into another, and so they are administered and controlled by different countries. But even so, what cannot apprehend frontiers or different political treaties.
During this partnership we want to approach the issue of ‘water’, seen as a vital natural ingredient for life, from different perspectives, by the help of different school subjects. By doing this we want to raise the alarm and to develop awareness of the necessity of responsible and sustainable environmental behavior among learners of all ages. The project will also offer the students the opportunity to get a real and tangible experience that will later help them with a greater comprehension of sciences, which in other respects might seem too abstract and theoretical for them.
The envisaged objectives are:
O1. to raise students’, teachers’ and also local community members’ awareness on the current issue of the endangered natural global resource-water, the vital source of life on earth
O2. to increase knowledge related to sustainable consumption and environmental protection among the students and also the local communities O3. to create an open educational base/resource - Teaching Materials
O4. to develop students’ transversal and cross-sectoral skills as well as their versatility and to effectively assist them to become well-rounded young graduates, prepared for successful future career
O5. to enhance the potential of both teachers and students to improve their ICT, language and intercultural skills;
O6. to boost students’ interest for school, educational activities and to assist them to become more active
O7. to promote European values and to develop intercultural understanding and cohesion among citizens of Europe