You are only appreciative of water when the well runs dry

Nom du partenaire
  • Collège Jean Moulin de Lyon
  • Collège de Dondou
  • CCM - Comitato Collaborazione Medica
  • NGO A.D.O.S. (Ardèche Drôme Ourosogui Sénégal)
  • Parco Fluviale del Po e della Collina Torinese, SMAT (Società Metropolitana Acqua Torino), Centro Didattico Coop
  • Autre
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  • Planning and implementation of project activities in France
  • School exchange partnership in Senegal
  • NGO that has accompanied the schools throughout the project and have carried out Punctual interventions
  • NGO that has accompanied the schools throughout the project and have carried out Punctual interventions
  • Punctual interventions / Educational trips
Name of establishment / organisation
Istituto Comprensivo Gozzi Olivetti
Contact person
Annalisa Ingaramo
Contact details
01 14 43 87 80
Via Bardassano 5
10132 Torino
Location of project
Start date and duration of project
01/09/2014 to 30/06/2015
Number of pupils, teachers and staff involved
222 students, 16 teachers
Please specify how the project was carried out

Interdisciplinary Project divided in:

  1. Activities carried out in classes by teachers (individual intervention, group work) by NGO workers (practical activities, watching films, role play)
  2. Educational trips/educational activities, on the territory, and in collaboration with third parties involved in the subject 
  3. Activities, also extracurricular, sharing and exchanging experiences  from the Northern and Southern hemisphere of the world
Teaching and learning objectives
  1. Encourage students to be aware of water resources from an interdisciplinary view point (chemical, ecological, historical and geographical) with particular attention dedicated to the relationship between water-man-environment

  2. Create a feeling of supportive empathy towards the population in the southern hemisphere of the world, reflecting on access and availability to drinking water

  3. Contextualising issues related to the “Right to Water” from an environmental, social, economic and political perspective, and promote the defence of such a right

How did the project originate? What needs does it address?

Starting from the conclusion in 2015, of the international decade of “Water for Life” supported by the United Nations, and in line with previous projects promoted on the subject, the project aims to call the students’ attention to how water is a common asset essential to life, and to also encourage a responsible and sustainable consumption.


STEP 1: Knowledge of water resources

- In-depth study within the various water disciplinary curricula, related to scarcity/excess/pollution
- Italian/French educational trip to observe the river environment in the city of Turin
- Educational visit to the city of Lyon and to carry out a comparative observation of the local river

STEP 2: Access to water and resource availability in the Northern and Southern parts of the world

- movie viewing “Water in Africa”
- experimental activities designed to understand the real difficulties related to water access in the southern hemisphere
- visit to the water purification centre in Turin
- calculation of its water footprint; reflection on the virtual water theme and the study of water commercialisation and the economic/environmental impact of bottled water
- relations with the southern hemisphere:  questionnaires sent to a Senegalese school and communication/awareness activities for fundraising to build a well for the hospital of Tinj in South Sudan

STEP 3: The right to water and problems linked to it

- detailed study of conflicts related to the control of water resources:  Israeli/Palestine conflict
- introduction of two role-play games: 1) Students interpreting an African woman struggling with the daily supply of water and 2) Student groups representing different countries depicting the differences in access to water among the different continents

STEP 4: Communication and awareness

Idealisation and implementation of:
- a flash mob event
- a power point presentation titled “Water for Everybody” (PP attached)
- promoting a fundraiser (flyer)
- final exhibition

Did your project have a final outcome ?

- a Flash Mob : an artistic representation aimed at raising community awareness on the importance of water as a valuable resource
- Final Exhibition : a presentation of all the work produced during the year

What communications and dissemination strategy was used for the project ?

The students, having understood the importance of facilitated access to safe and guaranteed drinking water have initiated a communication activity aimed at:

- Raising awareness between the schools and local community on the theme: implementation of a Power Point presentation titled “Water for Everybody”, idealised and realised through an artistic representation (flash mob) and a final exhibition of the work produced 

- Raise funds to finance the construction of a well for the hospital in Tinj in South Sudan: conception, implementation and distribution of informative flyers

The school joined “The Scholastic Week of International Cooperation”  (13/19 April 2015)

What outcomes and changes did the project generate ?

- the students have become promoters, in the family, of water-saving initiatives and have acquired a sense of understanding and solidarity towards the most disadvantaged populations in relation to water accessibility, consequently resulting in concrete actions to reduce the inequalities among nations
- funds have been raised for the construction of a well for the hospital of Tinj in South Sudan
- solid foundations for future collaboration with a French school have been established
- trade relations with a Senegalese school have started

What difficulties did you encounter when implementing your project ?

- Difficulty in management/maintenance of relations with the school contacted in Senegal 
- Organisational difficulties, within the school, in comparison to the setting up of coexisting activities, modifying – when necessary – the curricular structure program 
- Economic difficulties: insufficient funds compared to the number of planned activities/fundamental in achieving the expected goals

What factors made it easier to carry out your project ?

1.    Network strategy adopted :
- Scholastic level: involvement of a large number of teachers and students of all ages and different school levels 
- Local level: direct involvement of various territory stakeholders active on the theme of “Water" from different points of view (park, NGO, Water Management Society, Hypermarket)
- International level: opportunity to share/confront themes between French and Senegalese schools 
2.    The possibility given to students, thanks to the support of an NGO, to interpret the cognitive process undertaken in a concrete initiative of international solidarity

Which factors are most related to global education ?

- The development of students achieving a sense of understanding and solidarity towards the people of the south of the world, through the implementation of practical/experiential activities, role-play games that have allowed the students to relate to the conditions 
- Discussion of the “Water” theme within an interdisciplinary context, integrating knowledge and different viewpoints 
- The active and conscious promotion of a fundraising initiative 
- Definition of cooperative and exchange relations with other areas in the Northern and Southern hemisphere of the world

How did you assess the project ?

- STUDENTS: have assessed all activities at school with teachers and NGO workers by using evaluation grids prepared ad hoc 
- PARENTS: assessed projects by filling in a questionnaire 
- TEACHERS: assessed the project by exchanging points of view

Any comments

Thanks to the project, the school has triggered collaborative relations/exchange/confrontation and cooperation among schools and other subjects in Italy, France and Senegal, with the intention to proceed even via new joint projects.