ThristyForAction2016Eastern Cape Learners Win a Water Tank for School in MySchool & Woolworths Competition.

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 earlier in the year. 

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.

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From left to right: Tarryn Thomas from Woolworths Uitenhage Store, Jill Robinson the MySchool Community Organiser, Lisenathi Daku a Gr. 6 learner (winner), Gcobisa Klaas from Woolworths Uitenhage, Jennifer Distin Woolworths Educational Program Rep and the School Principal  Mr Z Kama.

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.

Liyema September of Ashton Gontshi Primary in Kwanobuhle, Uitenhage was another winner from Eastern Cape. 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. 

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.

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School Principal with the Grade 6 learners

“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.”