As part of our work on Children's Rights, we have been learning about Article 24 which states that all children should have access to good food, healthcare and clean water. We have learned that unfortunately, around the world, this is not always the case and some children have to do a daily 'Water Walk' to collect water for their families - these Water Walks can be 4 miles long or even more. The children have shown great understanding, compassion for and an eagerness to support these children where we can.
On Friday, during a break in the heavy rain, the children took part in their own 'Water Walk'; this was an event to simulate the great lengths that some children around the world have to go to on a daily basis for themselves and their families to survive. You will see from the photographs below that children found the task difficult but enjoyable and, despite a few spillages, many of the children were able to keep their water safe and inside their bucket. Many of the children were able to complete the target of a mile that we set for them and some children managed to walk even further! Well done everyone for your effort!
Here are some comments from parents about how their children felt after the Water Walk experience:
The Water Walk was a fabulous idea! Tommy was impressed that he managed NOT to get wet, but he commented too and more importantly, that it was very heavy and very glad he didn't have to do that every day. When asked to contribute change, he quickly emptied his piggy bank to donate. A beautiful and inclusive project!
Alex really enjoyed the water walk he came home saying it was difficult to carry the bucket of water, then added the children in the poor countries must find it hard and be sad to have to do this every day as it would be very heavy on your back.
Jaiden’s mentioned how he felt for the children having to walk all that way every day to get water and the impact it has on their childhood, also how grateful he was that we have clean water.
After the water walk, Jacob told me he felt grateful for water out of a tap because carrying the buckets was painful and he wouldn't like to have to do that every day.