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12 March 20

Local schools give the thumbs up to their visits to Affinity Water’s Education Services to help children care for the environment

Affinity Water’s Education Service, which focuses on teaching children more about water and the environment, is the talk of the classroom for local schools and their students.

Already this year about 6,000 children of all ages, from 30 different schools have benefited from visits to the Education Centre and from workshops in their schools. The specialist education team have run a number of interactive projects and activities ranging from STEM challenges and water related behaviour change programmes - to projects about global water issues and wider environmental issues. And the schools have been busy tweeting about it.

The schools and organisations include: Abbot’s Hill School in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire; Engineering Development Trust’s ‘Routes into STEM’ programme; Fernhill School in Letchworth Garden City; St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School, St Albans; St Mary’s, Bishop’s Stortford; The Welldon Park Academy, South Harrow, London; Foulds School, Barnet, London; and RA Butler Academy, Saffron Walden.

Hannah Battram, Education Services Manager at Affinity Water said: “We’ve had a busy start to 2020. The Extinction Rebellion protests have raised the profile of global environmental issues and the impact of climate change, and we’ve been ensuring that water is at the forefront of these pressing social concerns. It’s great to see just how passionate and enthusiastic young people are about caring for their environment and making positive changes in the world.

“Our Education Team has been supporting teachers in and outside the classroom. We make sure the children we interact with have fun while learning essential messages about the environment and the need to save water. We know that they take these messages home and help to educate their wider families too by telling the adults in their homes messages like not to let the taps run for too long!

“At Affinity Water, we believe that water, energy and environmental issues are vital for all individuals to be aware of from a young age. Since September 1998 our Education Team has worked with over 300,000 young people from Key Stage 1-5, helping to inspire future generations to value and protect our precious natural water resources.”

Jake Rigg, the Director of Corporate Affairs and Communities for Affinity Water said: “Ensuring future generations understand how vitally important it is to protect our water resources and to use water wisely is at the forefront of Affinity Water’s proactive messaging. It’s crucially important that we all learn how to care for our environment and our water resources and the work we do educating future generations about this is a priority for us as we go forward. We must all be custodians of our water and our environment and it’s great that the kids are educating the adults after coming to one of our workshops.”


Here’s what some of the schools and organisations said on Twitter:

@RoutesintoSTEM: “Our students really enjoyed the final day of their #routesintoSTEM Course @AffinityWater where they got to take part in exciting #STEM Challenges, learn about the #Career opportunities there and meet #rolemodels. Thank you to all involved on the day! @TheEDTUK #STEMeducation.”

@StJohnFisherRC: “Y4 are enjoying their water project with @AffinityWater and @BeaumontSchStA This week they carried out a survey of water use around the school and are thinking of ways we can save water.”

@RAButlerAcademy: “Thank you to @Affinity Water for launching Y4s Go with the Flow topic. The children investigated water flow working scientifically & testing their predictions. They learned how vital water is, how to save water and carried out an audit of their school’s water facilities.”

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