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The Swarovski Waterschool was created to establish programs along the major rivers of the world. As the Swarovski Waterschool has grown and expanded, they have been able to implement programs along rivers in over 2,400 schools in 7 countries, such as Austria, Brazil, China, India, Thailand, Uganda, and the USA.
Swarovski believes global water challenges must be addressed by empowering children with the knowledge and resources they need to lead the change. To do this, they have developed three essential pillars that teach sustainable development for present and future generations. These initiatives act as the foundation of Swarovski Waterschool's educational program.
1. Access to safe water
Lack of access to clean drinking water represents one of the most significant barriers to health and development in many communities. Swarovski Waterschool works hand-in-hand with local partners to identify, establish, and implement solutions that provide clean water to local schools and communities, solving both long- and short- term water-related challenges.
2. Water education
Custom lesson plans teach the importance of water and sanitation in the greater context of health education and are designed to integrate into other subject areas such as science and social studies. Swarovski Waterschool programs engage with classroom teachers to empower children with the knowledge and skills necessary to take local actions and improve local environments.
3. Access to sanitation facilities
Proper health amenities and hygiene education in schools promote healthy life skills, improved learning, and fewer absences from school, especially for girls. To accomplish this, Swarovski Waterschool programs work with local communities to provide sanitation facilities and improve handwashing at schools.