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.
- Lesson plan, photo
- Geography, PSHE
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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).