Walter's wise water words for schools

Published 7:00am 21 June 2024

Walter's wise water words for schools
Words by Nick Crockford

Students in Morayfield, Deception Bay, Caboolture and Burpengary had a visit from ‘Walter Smart and Friends’, for a live, in-school-theatre.

The performance was about the importance of being water-wise and is part of Unitywater’s Education Program.

Unitywater Executive Manager Strategic Engagement, Joshua Zugajev, said the Walter Smart and Friends program was an excellent way to engage and connect about water efficiency.

“Teaching our young people the value of water to our community and our environment is important, which is why we’ve invested in Walter Smart and Friends to engage our students in a fun and effective way that is aligned to the Australian curriculum,” Mr Zugajev said.

“Across three weeks, we will bring this entertaining and educational program to students at 27 schools across the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions,” he said.

The program is running across primary schools from June 10-21 and October 21-25.

Walter Smart and Friends at Morayfield East State School last week

Unitywater has partnered with The Water Conservancy and theatre group Gibber Education to deliver the program.

CEO of The Water Conservancy, Chris Philpot, said the Walter Smart and Friends initiative started as social media characters to inspire water effeciency among young Australians.

“Our objective is to enable all Australians to be conscious of their relationship with water, to understand and value it, use it efficiently and facilitating education that is engaging us meet this,” Mr Philpot said.

Director of Gibber Educational, Vicky Blackburn, said Gibber Educational helps businesses and industries achieve a positive change through innovative drama-based training.

“We’re pleased to deliver a bespoke production for Unitywater with Walter Smart and Friends again this year and our professional performers are looking forward to engaging with some enthusiastic, water-wise students on their travels,” she said.


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