On 22nd March 2013 we celebrated World Water Day in 15 schools in India and Nepal. The children where shown a presentation called "Every School a Blue School" about rainwater harvesting and our Blue Schools Programme. This was followed by the "Catch the Rain" art competition where the children could show what they had learnt about rainwater harvesting.
Blue Schools in the region of Kaolack, Senegal took place in the two schools of Kahone 1 and Fass Kahone, with a total of 1,149 children and 29 teachers. Finished in February 2013, 2 tanks, 26 toilets and 13 urinal were built. More than 1,000 trees were planted and the teachers and PACT Committee members received training.
In the summer of 2012, more than 1,000 children from four schools in Nepal planted trees in their school grounds. Every child planted their own tree, and each tree has a blue name tag to encourage the children to look after it. This is part of the "A child, a tree" initiative, which is included in every Blue Schools project.
A rainwater harvesting system is built in every Blue Schools project. Based on an appropriate technology, it gives schools sustainable access to water. The size of the tank is based on the school population, roof area, intended use and rainfall. Most of the tanks are made from ferro-cement. When requested, the collected rainwater can be treated in order to be used as clean drinking water.
Reforestation is carried out in every Blue Schools project. Children take part in these reforestation campaigns; learning about local tree species, planting a tree or helping to take care of trees in a park around the school campus. Every child is responsible for looking after their own tree. Reforestation also improves the environment of the school and reduces harmful erosion.
A key component of the Blue Schools Programme is the introduction of adequate sanitation in the schools, giving children hygienic toilets and preventing groundwater pollution. Depending on the situation, Urine Dry Diverting Toilets (UDDT), double VIP latrines, dry EcoSan type toilets or an alternative treatment of waste water are used; enabling treatment of human waste.