There are a couple of very important dates coming up in March that may have a special place in the geography classroom.
March 22nd marks WORLD WATER DAY, and March 24th celebrates RED NOSE DAY.
WORLD WATER DAY
World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
Information can be found on the web link below:
This year’s theme is ‘Waste Water’, and a factsheet can be downloaded from the link above, or by clicking on the following:
Teachers may wish to explore what happens to waste water from our homes, farms and industry. Globally, most of it flows back to nature without being treated or reused, polluting our environment.
It might also be possible to explore ways that water use could be reduced, and also how water could be reused in our homes.
RED NOSE DAY (COMIC RELIEF)
Red Nose Day is Comic Relief’s flagship event, and provides an evening of television entertainment that follows a day of various fund raising events around the country.
Comic Relief spends the money raised through Red Nose Day on people living in the UK and Africa, and over the last 30 years over £1billion has been raised for the charity.
Teachers may wish to use the special day as a ‘hook’ for lesson content related to some of the serious issues confronted by Comic Relief. This year, Malaria is receiving special attention, and this could be an interesting topic to focus on in class.
There is also a great interactive map (http://www.comicrelief.com/what-we-do) to use if you want to focus on a particular country in class: