This inclusive environmental ILS was designed implementing the Open Schooling approach for building a bridge between schools and local communities. In this activity, students explore how meteorological drought affects human demands and values for water, from a hydrological, agricultural and socio-economical point of view. Students are invited to help their community design a local drought management plan and are challenged to think and propose ways for their community to reduce water consumption, not only during a period of drought but as a strategy for adopting a more sustainable behaviour in general. 

Learning Objectives

After this activity, students should be able to:

  • Understand the impact of drought on our lives and our planet
  • Understand that every citizen is affected by drought and that everyone can help face a severe drought
  • Discuss and raise awareness about strategies to understand and face drought in local level
  • Discuss and raise awareness about strategies to adopt a more sustainable behaviour in terms of water consumption and water management at a local level.

This ILS may be used as a standalone project. At the same time, if a teacher would like to design a holistic engaging student’s enterprise “Global Water Crisis” (for secondary school) a set of three ILSs could be used as a starting point.

The students can launch with understanding the science behind desalination and investigate in-depth a specific thermal desalination technique (Global Water Crisis: Looking at the science behind desalination). Then, they may learn more about other methods of desalination and examine the prospects of implementing (new) desalination technologies in their country/region, by taking into consideration social and economic aspects (Global Water Crisis: Desalination in your country/region). Then they continue with this ILS and integrate the desalination as one of the strategies to face severe drought in their country/region.

The ILS design is following the principles of the universal design for learning (UDL) for inclusive learning.

Reviewer: Eleftheria Tsourlidaki

This activity was developed in the framework of the InSTEAM project.

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