March 22 is World Water Day, as designated by the UN General Assembly. This year’s focus is on water scarcity. Many events are planned around the world. A Month Without Water, a worldwide campaign to raise funds for Amman Imman to build deep borehole wells in the Azawak region of Niger, is registered as an official World Water Day event with two websites: the IRC (International Water and Sanitation Center) and the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization). Please raise awareness about water scarcity by supporting World Water Day, Amman Imman’s mission in the Azawak of Niger, and A Month Without Water by mailing these links to all your friends!
Schools are getting ready to participate in A Month Without Water campaign:
- Michelle Daley from Montessori Stepping Stones in Mt. Clemens, Michigan is working on ways to promote A Month Without Water in her school.
- Cathy Carpenter’s class at the Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland, will be kicking off A Month Without Water during the last week of March after their spring break.
- Maureen Keeling and Megan Mason from Odyssey Montessori have put together a brochure to promote Montessori Wells of Love and A Month Without Water. Catherine Varkas of Palm Harbor Montessori in Palm Harbor, Florida has also made a brochure. Both of these documents can be downloaded from the Idisk; follow the instructions in this post.
If you are doing something in your school to participate in World Water Day, A Month Without Water, and Amman Imman, we want to know! Please email me at email@example.com.Additional resources:
More information about World Water Day can be found at the UNESCO website at the UN-Water website.
In December, 2003, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the years 2005-20015 as the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”. Find out more about the Water for Life Decade at this website http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/ . You will also find many useful publications that you can use in your classrooms.
I particularly enjoyed listening to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s video message: "Water is essential for life".