Global Action Plan has won a prestigious award for its Water Explorer initiative, which promotes water saving and environmental awareness among schoolchildren around the world.

The Global Education Innovation Award, from the Global Education Network Europe (GENE), recognises the importance of education programmes that not only teach people about the world around them in creative ways, but bring about actual changes too.

Global Action Plan has 25 years’ experience running highly successful youth programmes which help students engage the rest of their school in key environmental issues such as energy, waste, water and food.

Our model is designed to be flexible, enabling it to meet the needs of a vast range of curriculums, education systems and schools in different countries.

We work closely with Global Action Plan International members to scale up our programmes across the world.

So far we have worked with more than 10,000 schools across 13 countries, and have trained some 17,000 young people. 

Our schools programmes: 

  • Combine digital contact with face-to-face, enabling both a broad reach and in-depth engagement 
  • Are student-led, developing the next generation of sustainability leaders, and meaning they're making changes in their own lives as well as in their schools and communities

  • Involve thousands of young people around the world in working towards achieving the ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Get young people involved in social action, developing important life and employment skills along the way.

A big thanks to the International Selection Committee from GENE for recognising all the amazing work that has come from Water Explorer, and to all our partners around the world that are making it such a success.

A huge thank you, too, to all the teachers and students who have taken part in Water Explorer.

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Main picture: Hawkstone, one of the South African schools taking part in our award-winning Water Explorer programme