Teacher guide Access to safe water and sanitation

TLF ID M013701

This is a compilation of seven teaching sequences about access to safe water and sanitation. It includes sections on access to safe water and adequate sanitation services; water collection and use; ways water is accessed in some developing countries; use of appropriate technology to produce safe, clean water and toilets; and community programs for improved water supply, sanitation and environmental health. It uses digital maps and information, photos, videos, case studies and hands-on activities to engage students in processing, analysing and interpreting geographical data and information. Countries of the African and Asia region are investigated to gain understandings about how accessing water and sanitation services is being tackled with support from other countries.

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Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for the year 7 Geography curriculum and is particularly relevant to the content description about the nature of water scarcity, and ways of overcoming it. It includes case studies about ways water is accessed in Vietnam, Niger and Bangladesh. The digital learning objects, maps, videos and geographical information about the access to water and sanitation services are significant. The focus on global realities that need to be addressed in building a sustainable future contribute to inclusion of the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority.
  • The resource contributes to students attaining the achievement standards for year 7 Geography. It helps them explain the processes operating within places and identify how these influence the characteristics of places and contribute to change. They apply their understanding of the processes of change to identify what would be needed to achieve more sustainable futures.
  • It is also relevant to the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority, particularly the organizing ideas that designing action for sustainability requires balanced judgments based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts and world views are formed by experiences at personal, local, national and global levels, and are linked to individual and community actions for sustainability.
  • The resource is relevant to the intercultural understanding general capability. The visual and digital resources encourage thinking about people's access to water and sanitation services and the role education can play in empowering people to work for a sustainable future.
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  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
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  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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