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Students from Skerries Educate Together National School
to “Walk for Water” in solidarity
with young people in Africa.
14th of February 2017
Students from Skerries Educate Together National School will “Walk for Water” in solidarity with children and teenagers across the globe who have to undertake arduous journeys every day to collect water for their families. The “Walk for Water” will take place on the 16th of February at 10.30am. The children in Seolta and the infant classes will parade outside the school as we send 1st to 6th class off on their walk. They will walk from the school to Red Island and back. This action is one of many hundreds of actions taking place around the world in the lead up to World Water Day, March 22nd 2017.
About Water Poverty
Did you know that, in parts of Kenya, children, especially girls, walk an average of 6kms per day to collect water, carrying up to 20 litres of water on their journey?
As a result of the time it takes to collect water, many children, especially girls, are unable to remain in school, and without education, find themselves caught in a cycle of poverty.
Often, the water collected is unclean and up to 2,000 children die every day from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
Ending the water and sanitation crisis will help break the poverty cycle, increase school attendance, and save lives.
About World Water Day and Water Action Month
World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the need for safe, clean, water supplies and the sustainable management of fresh water resources throughout the world. Since 2016, the month of March is designated as Water Action Month – an entire month dedicated to activities and mobilisations across the globe aimed at addressing water poverty.
Aidlink, an Irish NGO working in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana, annually organises the Walk for Water campaign with Irish Secondary Schools in the run up to World Water Day on March 22nd.
Aidlink has worked for over 30 years in the developing world to address basic human needs, including access to safe, clean water and sanitation facilities.
Aidlink emphasises the important role of water and sanitation facilities in prolonging girls’ attendance at school. In the communities where Aidlink work, the introduction of water tanks and girl-friendly latrines has had a huge impact on young girls and their ability to stay in education into their teenage years.
Children from 3rd to 6th class had talks on internet safety today in school.
Paul, our guest speaker from ‘esafety’, talked about how we can stay safe online when we adhere to the following guidelines;
-Be careful with private information.
-Never accept friend requests from strangers.
-Always check the security settings on all the apps that you use.
Remember have fun on the internet but stay safe!
As part of our Green School’s Initiative Skerries ETNS will be celebrating and learning about ‘Water’ related topics this month. This is to prepare the children towards earning the ‘An Taisce’ Water Flag for our school.
On the 16th of February we will hold a ‘Walk for Water’ to highlight the distances children in less fortunate countries must endure to deliver fresh water to their families. The Walk for Water is an important event in both celebrating water and respecting its protection.
Please join us, along with the PTA, if you are free on the day and help us empower our local community!
– Skerries ETNS Green Schools Committee
The next parent assembly is Friday 3rd Feb at 8.40am for Jun Inf-1st class & 10.40am for 2nd-6th class.
This is our Hogwarts Educate Together day and we invite everyone to dress up as Wizards for this exciting assembly.
Awards will be given for the Creative writing competition also. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Please note that registration day for Afterschool Clubs will take place on Saturday 28th January at 10am in the school. If you cannot attend this date you will be able to register Monday 30th at 08.30am just inside the old front door. Please note that you can only book a maximun of two clubs per child. and parents may only enrol their own children. We will notify parents if there are still places available after registration and then you may book further clubs.
Please let us know on the back of the registration form if your child has any medical conditions. Due to data protection the school can not give out medical information.
Looking forward to a new term of after school clubs!
The Afterschool Clubs Committee
The next parent assembly is Friday 13th January
at 8.40am for Jun Inf-1st class & 10.40am for 2nd-6th class.
We will present Pupil of the term also.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday.