Workshops water and the city

To accompany children to become enlightened citizens, to make them aware of their environment so that they become agents of change by being able to implement concrete and sustainable solutions in their city or neighborhood.

For who?

Private School and Public School, any institution offering extracurricular activities.
The workshops are carried out by age group and are accessible to all children from 5 to 16 years old. Since 2016, several schools of the canton of Geneva, propose to their pupils the workshops the water and the city.

In collaboration with GIAP teams and supported by the City of Geneva / Services of schools and institutions for children, the project is a great success. The goal is to get children to become enlightened citizens; become aware of their environment; and be able to implement concrete and sustainable solutions in their city.

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3D model and urban walks


Workshop 1: The Water Cycle and the City

Les ateliers

This workshop aims to explain to children the cycle of water. This is the first introduction of the theme of rainwater to children. Children learn in groups to define their environment.


Workshop 2 & 3: Urban Walks and Mockup

The urban walk around the school, which allows schoolchildren to identify neighborhood characteristics, shapes, volumes, as well as various urban developments. The realization of a model allows an awareness and thus accompany the first steps to become citizen citizens awake.

Workshop 4: Mini rainwater collector

At the last workshop, the children make a mini rainwater collector at a house. A perspective of the 4 workshops allows the children to better understand and perceive the water and city interactions.


Testimonials of the participants

"We wandered around the neighborhood, counting the trees and the number of cars ...!" (Thelma)

"We built a model and placed all the elements on the map: trees, houses, buildings" (Zoé)

"I was surprised to see that the children were still counting the number of public lighting after the workshop" (Nicole - GIAP Accompanist). This workshop allowed the children to open their eyes, to accompany them in the discovery of their immediate environment, to give them keys of reading and to sensitize them to become city-citizen. "


Our projects

The Blue Schools

This program aims to educate schoolchildren to the management of water, sanitation and good hygiene practices, but also the recovery of waste to make blue schools, incubators of social change "

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Construction of rainwater harvesting systems in Bhaktapur, to provide safe access todrinking water in 2 schools and 6 camps for displaced families after the 2015 earthquake.

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The Rain, the soil and the people

Climate change requires us to rethink our management methods and practices. This project aims to build community resilience by combining better management of water resources, trees and soil.

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" Unserved "

The "Unserved" project aims to provide access to clean water and restore dignity for those who have nothing, the forgotten from water services, who live on the outskirts of our cities and have to fight every day to access even water for drinking.


Workshops: Water and the City

The objective of this workshop is to bring school children to become aware of their environment, and to be able to implement durable, sustainable solutions in their city.

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In the rain ink

The aim of this "In the rain ink" project is to transform the representations of rainwater seen as a nuisance, poetically using the urban environment in which we live.

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International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA)

International Environment House 2
Chemin de Balexert, 9
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva CH

T: +41 22 797 41 57

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