Cape Town water shortage

Activities exploring the realities of living with water shortages, how people's lives are affected and what they do to adapt.

Cape Town Water Shortage
Age:
11-16
Type:
Lesson plan, photo
Subjects:
Geography, PSHE
Topics:
Disasters and emergencies

These photo, discussion, gap-fill and role-play activities focus on water shortages in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2018. Young people will think about how they would use their daily  allowance of 50 litres of water; the emotions involved during times of drought; how to support people who need help; and the places where water shortages are a constant reality.

 

Learning objectives

Learners will:

  • develop a sense of empathy for people who live with temporary water shortages
  • consider how they use water and ways to save water
  • discuss the practicalities of adapting to water shortages
  • think about people who live with water shortages every day.

 

Resource overview

1. Carrying water: Photo activity

Looking at a photo of a girl collecting water, think about how she may be feeling, who might find it difficult to carry extra water and help they may need.

2. Where the water goes: Discussion

Learners think about how best to divide 50 litres of water among daily tasks and which things are essential.

3. Day Zero: Discussion

Young people consider how it might feel living with the threat of running out of water, and how that might change behaviour.

4. Missing watery words: Gap fill activity

A gap fill activity with words related to droughts – including information learners may find surprising.

5. Water supplies: Developing empathy

A role-play activity exploring what life may be like for people who always live with water shortages.

Credits

This resource was written by P J White of Alt62 and published in February 2018.

The photo shows a young girl filling water bottles from an outside tap in Cape Town, South Africa (© Morgana Wingard/Getty Images).