The “H2O Expedition – Discovering the value of water” Project started in 2021, whith the submission, by BoG, of an application to the Program “Supporting a new environmental culture as part of the National Environmental Education Strategy of Portugal (ENEA 2020) – Quality health, water, and sustainable cities and communities”.
In line with SDG 6 “Clean water and sanitation” and SDG 12 “Responsible consumption and production”, the Project was developed through two main activities:
1. Design and production of a set of pedagogical materials (kit) that allow school-age children to be educated in making conscious decisions regarding issues related to water and its value, promoting a change in behavior and, consequently, in families and community
2. Promotion of education and awareness actions, in a oriented educational context, validation of the adequacy of the materials produced and gathering of feedback from teachers and educators.
During the initial phase, 100 kits were distributed to 82 schools and 13 study centres/ATLs, reaching a total of 5,883 schoolchildren.
Education for sustainability and increasing knowledge about water are a crucial tool in the training of children and young people, contributing to the strengthening of citizen participation and awareness of consumption reduction, promoting active citizenship in the field of sustainable development and protection of natural resources.
For this reason, and aware of our role in society, BoG continues to promote awareness-raising actions with the H2O Expedition kit in schools, in public and corporate events, in summer camps, among others. Discover some of our activities here.
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The kit includes a set of teaching materials, with which children can discover the importance of water, learn how to preserve it in their daily lives and what are the main challenges and problems related to this precious resource.
The “H2O Expedition” kit is the result of the “H2O Expedition – Discovering the value of water” project promoted by BoG and funded by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Action of Portugal through the Environment Fund. The kit includes a set of educational materials, with which children are able to learn about how important this precious resource is, along with ways to preserve water in their daily lives.
This kit allows teachers/educators/parents to work on the theme of water and natural resources, to communicate good environmental practices to younger students, and to raise awareness about protecting the environment, so that they might then become agents of change in their families and in the community.
The “H2O Expedition” kit addresses several water-related themes, including:
The topics covered in the “H2O Expedition” kit are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and aim to promote literacy amongst children and young people by addressing water-related themes and raising awareness of the need to conserve this resource.
All the teaching materials included in the kit are set out in a simple and engaging format and have been approved for use by the educational authorities. The content is easy to read and is designed to appeal to the target audience. The materials have been created using the same graphical style, which is suited to the target age group.
The versatility and flexibility of their use enables teachers/educators/parents to adapt them in terms of duration, where they are delivered, and at what time of the day.
The teaching resources provided in the “H2O Expedition” kit are listed as follows:
All activities are accompanied by a teacher’s sheet, which provides support to teachers/educators/parents when delivering the activities and explains the concepts associated with each one.
All materials are available for purchase from our shop. If you represent an institution (a school, school district, learning centre, after-school activities centre/club, etc.), please send an email to: email@example.com.
The kit is intended for children of school age, between the ages of 6 and 10, who are attending the 1st cycle of primary education in Portugal.
The resources provided can be used in both formal and informal educational contexts, including classrooms, after-school activity centres, learning centres, and at home, amongst other settings.
The purpose of the online forum is to provide a platform where teachers, educators, and parents can share experiences, feedback, and ideas. These parties play a key role in both the education of children and in the success of the initiative itself, since they are the ones organising and monitoring the activities. Your experience with the “H2O Expedition” kit is very important. Click here to access the online forum..
The satisfaction survey enables us to assess user satisfaction regarding the teaching materials that have been developed, the behavioural changes noticed in the children doing the activities, as well as any behavioural changes seen in the adults involved.
Your opinion of the “H2O Expedition” kit is very important. Please note that this survey is completely anonymous and takes less than 5 minutes to complete.