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The water industry’s first ever live virtual learning event- Celebrating World Toilet Day

09 November 2020 11:35

The education teams of 12 water companies across the UK have joined forces to launch, ‘We are UK Water – celebrating World Toilet Day’, a one-of-a-kind online learning event for schools led by industry experts.

Monday 16 November marks the start of a week of water activities for schools, culminating with the live event on Thursday 19 November, World Toilet Day, which takes place every year to raise awareness of the importance of safe sanitation across the world.

Designed specifically for Key Stage Two pupils, the online event is accompanied by a bespoke resource pack for teachers which includes lots of engaging and cross curricular activities for classes to take part in. From learning about the water cycle to the importance of using water wisely, the content has been designed to support various subject areas across the National Curriculum.

Anne Reed, Chair of the Water Company Education Forum, said: “Life is pretty different for everybody at the moment and like many other industries this year, because of COVID-19 we’ve had to think differently about how to deliver our important messages. Through our Education Forum water companies already collaborate on many initiatives but we haven’t attempted anything on a nationwide scale before. We hope this event paves the way for more innovation and further supports school at what is a very challenging time for them.”

Anna Killen, Outreach and Learning Officer for NI Water continues “The education team at NI Water are excited to be taking part in this nationwide event to celebrate World Toilet Day and would encourage as many local schools as possible to sign up to take part. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the importance of water and the live event is a great opportunity to see the work of schools across the UK and of course showcase the work of our schools here in Northern Ireland.”

Water companies believe it is essential that everyone knows where their water comes from and the industry has well established education programmes, speaking to thousands of people every year about our most precious resource.

Email education@niwater.com for details on how to register for this event
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Notes to editors:
• For further information please email education@niwater.com
• Schools can register for the event and download the activity pack using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/we-are-uk-water-celebrating-world-toilet-day-tickets-120194074713?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

• ‘We are UK Water – celebrating World Toilet Day’ takes place on Thursday 19 November from 11.15am to 11.45am.
• The following water companies are involved in the event:
o Yorkshire Water
o Thames Water
o SES Water
o Bristol Water
o Anglian Water
o South East Water
o Scottish Water
o Cambridge Water
o South Staffs Water
o Southern Water
o Welsh Water
o Northern Ireland Water

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