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Action for clean water: secondary

Teach secondary students about clean water and sanitation.

We have created a unique set of resources designed to help young people appreciate the importance of clean water.

The Action for clean water teaching resources are built around an educational video and photo case studies from communities in Kenya.

The resources can be delivered over a set of sessions and will help young people:

  • develop a range of skills including: communication; working with others; planning; decision-making; and dealing with uncertainty.
  • understand the challenges some communities in Kenya face in accessing clean water and sanitation.
  • consider how these issues affect the lives of the people in these communities.
  • consider possible ways in which they could help others who do not have access to clean water and sanitation.

Suggested age range: 11–16 years old

Curriculum links: PSHE, Geography


Learning objectives

By the end of the session, young people will be able to:

  • Explore how they use water in their own lives
  • Think critically about the impact of not having access to clean water and sanitation on other people’s lives
  • Consider how they might cope if they did not have access to clean water all the time and how they would adapt
  • Explore planning, risk management, managing change, dilemmas and consequences of not having access to clean water and sanitation
  • Choose and plan an action that could help others who do not have access to clean water and sanitation (this might be through raising awareness, taking part in collections or charity shop donations).


Start the lesson

Washing clothes in the river© InfoUse the downloads bar on the right side of this page to access:

  • A session plan
  • Photo case studies
  • Student worksheets
  • Action plan template
  • Evaluation tools