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MySchool and Woolworths ran a competition to celebrate National Water Week and World Water Day. The initiative is designed to help schools promote water-saving by observing National Water Week and the United Nation’s World Water Day in March.

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With South Africans experiencing the worst drought in twenty-three years, there was a heightened awareness of the country’s water scarcity during the 2016 Woolworths Educational Programme’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ competition. A record number of more than 5000 entries were received.  The initiative is designed to help schools promote water-saving by observing National Water Week and the United Nation’s World Water Day in March.

Learners from Grades 1 to 12 in participating schools were asked to write a letter that demonstrated their understanding of water scarcity and the importance of water saving, as well as motivate why their school needed to win a fully installed, 10 000 litre water tank. Due to the severe drought conditions this year, Woolies increased the number of tanks that could be won in the competition from 4 to 10. Through The Woolworths Educational Programme, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and the Woolworths Trust a total of 14 water tanks to schools will be donated to schools across the country in 2016.

[Grade 7 learner, Carly Tucker of Ferndale Primary in Newlands East was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She impressed the judges with her awareness that we cannot take water for granted, and she pointed that a water tank at her school would be a beacon representing how important it is for each individual to use water responsibly.]

For many of the learners who entered the ‘Thirsty for Action’ competition, water shortages are a daily reality. Some attend schools that have no running water and others in the drought-stricken regions are experiencing water cuts that disrupt their education, as learners and educators are sent home because they cannot use the ablutions or satisfy their thirst for hours on end.  Water restrictions and costs also hamper many of the schools’ food gardening projects which they rely on to supplement their feeding schemes with fresh vegetables. 

“The sustainable use of the country’s water resources is a key focus of the Woolworths Good Business Journey,” comments Pieter Twine, Woolworth’s General Manager of Loyalty and MySchool. “Through the Woolworths Educational Programme’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ competition, educator resources and class lessons, we support schools in educating young South Africans about the importance of saving water. It is vital that our youth are empowered to live more sustainable lives and play a role in safeguarding their future.”

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Winners blurbs:
Grade 4 learner, Zamanguni Mnguni of Evergreen Primary School in Havenside, Chatsworth was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. Zamanguni lives in Umlazi and experiences the hardships of living without running water at home.  She impressed the judges with her awareness of the importance of water for all life and she justified that water saving at school was vital in this drought-stricken times.

Grade 12 learner, Nomcebo Mthethtwa of Reunion Secondary School in Isipingo was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She articulated well how the learners at the school experience disruptions to their education due to water cuts, and she had innovative ideas about how a water tank would benefit her school community.

Grade 6 learner, Sinenhlanhla Tshabalala of Thulani Primary School in Soweto was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She articulated well her passion for using water wisely and provided many benefits for having a water tank at her school, including the irrigation of their food garden which supports the school’s feeding scheme.

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[Noluthando Maqomotsi of Montshiwa Primary School in Soweto was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She impressed the judges with her awareness of the importance of water and her water saving tips. It was clear that her school will benefit from a water tank in order to be more water secure.]

Grade 7 learner, Deandre Russell of Bernard Isaacs Primary School in Coronationville was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She impressed the judges with her descriptions of the hardships that water cuts cause at her school and pointed out how important it was for them to become more water secure by harvesting rainwater.

Liyema September of Ashton Gontshi Primary in Kwanobuhle in Uitenhage was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She impressed the judges with her awareness of the importance of water to all life and made it clear that a water tank would help their school be more water secure, which would include being able to irrigate their food garden.

Lisenathi Daku of Little Flower Primary School in Mosel, Uitenhage was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She impressed the judges with her wonderfully illustrated letter that showed she has a keen awareness of the importance of water saving. She pointed out that having a water tank would not only make her school more water secure but help them cut the high costs of water.

Ayaan Faith of Norma Road Primary School in Silvertown, Athlone was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She impressed the judges with her keen awareness of the importance of water saving. As her school has a feeding scheme that is reliant on their food garden and a recently planted orchard, the water they save in their new tank can be used for irrigation.

Grade 10 learner, Sikhululiwe Grace Dhlamini of Good Hope High School in Kuils River, Cape Town was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She impressed the judges with her keen awareness of the importance of water for all life. As her school has an agricultural project, the water they save in their new tank can be used for irrigation and will reduce the school’s costs.