East Cork Students Encouraged to Participate in Global Movement

by Seamus Whelehan

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Schools throughout East Cork are being encouraged to take part in World Water Day 2019 on Friday, 22 March.  Walking for Water is part of a global mobilisation event demanding action across the world to tackle a water and sanitation crisis.

This year’s theme ‘Leaving No One Behind’ explores the water challenges which we face in the 21st Century, to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.  We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without water.

Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home which affects their health, education and livelihoods.  In 2018 over 600,000 people across the world took to the streets to walk and demand change from their Governments.   This March it’s hoped many of the country’s Primary School students will join in solidarity with those who go without clean water on a daily basis.

It is estimated that 40% of the world's population do not have access to safe water and basic sanitation facilities.   In 2015 students from Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann took part in the event as part of the School Action Plan to attain their 3rd green flag through the Green Schools Programme.

The students were joined by Brighter Communities Worldwide, a Midleton based charity who support rural communities in Kenya and Uganda to make lasting changes and improvements to their lives.  Get inspired, make waves and hold an event. Further information can be found at www.worldwaterday.org

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