World Water Day-March 22nd 2013 

To mark World Water Day and highlight that 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation,  ECO-UNESCO, Progressio Ireland and Engineers Without Borders, in the spirit of water co-operation, are jointly organising World Water Day. This event will take place in Dublin on March 22nd and will celebrate the value of water for human life and its fundamental role for peace and sustainable development. 

To celebrate this special day we are inviting teachers and TY students to join us on Friday, March 22nd, between 10.00 and 12.30am at a convenient Dublin city centre venue (tbc) to discuss, explore and embrace water issues relevant here in Ireland and around the world. 

World Water Day Activities 

We have a number of exciting activities planned for the event.


10.00am Welcome and opening address (Details of our inspirational speaker will be announced shortly)

10.20am Students split into three groups and are introduced to the workshops. The groups will take part in 2 workshops (45 minutes each). 

10.30am – 12.00pm Workshops

12.00pm – 12.30pm Introduction of Water Challenge and closing of event 



Groups will take part in 2 of the 3 workshops offered 

1.The Story of Water Scarcity (ECO-UNESCO)

This workshop will encourage students to explore concepts related to inequalities in water access in developed and developing worlds. Participants will discuss possible solutions to the water scarcity problems in different regions throughout the world. Students will examine the differences in water scarcity between regions and the reasons for these contrasts.

2.Water for the World (Engineers Without Borders)

In this workshop students will build a water filter with a number of materials (charcoal, sand etc). The challenge lies in that different groups represent different countries. Each group is given different amounts of ‘’play money’’ and information they can use to purchase their materials. At the end the students will come together to discuss their experience and the implications of the different starting positions they were provided with.

3.Virtual Water Footprint (Progressio Ireland)

This workshop will explore the concept of the “virtual water footprint” and the amount of water that is embedded in the food we consume. The students will be introduced to the concept of embedded water, will calculate their own water footprint and discuss ways of reducing their “embedded water” consumption. 

Places are limited on these workshops and interested teachers must contact Paddy to confirm availability. E: youth@ecounesco.ie or T: 01 6625491



Water Challenge

Progressio Ireland is running a Water-Challenge throughout the month of March to make people reflect on their water consumption issues and raise awareness for water scarcity and water mismanagement around the world.

 The Water Challenge encourages participants to live on 10 litres of water for a whole day – that’s opposed to the 150 litres we use on average here in Ireland. 

 There will be a chance to run a specialised version of the water challenge after world Water Day with your students – including special prizes for the group that documents their challenge in the most creative way. 

If you would like to take part in this challenge please contact Franziska in Progressio Ireland for more information: communications@progressio.ie or visit www.progressio.ie

Preparation for World Water Day

If you would like to run a preparation session on water issues with your students, please talk to Progressio Irleand about available materials or the possibility for somebody from Progressio Ireland running a session with your students. 

Contact: communications@progressio.ie for further details.