Swarovski Waterschool Australia program

Earthwatch is excited to deliver the Swarovski Waterschool Australia program to improve water literacy and student empowerment outcomes for schools in New South Wales. Throughout the school year, participants will work through four phases to become water conservation and environmental leaders.  

First, they will conduct research and apply critical thinking to understand the issue in its full complexity – and grasp the behavioral change and action required to address it.  

Then, schools will connect with traditional custodians of the land to explore the value of water through First Nations people and culture, and further broaden their understanding by speaking with local authorities, government representatives and environmental organizations.  

Armed with knowledge, they will then develop workshops for other students to reflect on what they have learned and inspire them to transform ideas into action.  

Finally, project participants will become leaders, encouraging peers to follow their example, while setting and reaching goals to create positive impact in their school, household, and wider community.

Swarovski Waterschool will support the project along the way by continuing to empower students through virtual education and events, to ensure our younger Australian generations are encouraged to stand up for their futures, and that of our planet. 

Media Release here

Apply for the Swarvoski Waterschool Australia program

We are currently accepting applications for the Swarovski Waterschool program. Express your interest to participate, or request more information from the Program Manager, by completing the online Application Form.  

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The Swarovski Waterschool program was established in Austria in 2000. What began as a local project has since evolved into a global initiative, situated in eight countries within watershed areas of the Danube, Ganges, Yangtze, Nile, Amazon, Chao Phraya, Mississippi and now Parramatta rivers. The program has engaged and trained more than 15,000 teachers in 2,500 schools, and reached more than 740,000 young people to date. It contributes to the fulfilment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on Clean Water and Sanitation, Quality Education and Partnership for the Goals.  

Read the latest global report, featuring our work as the Australian program partner:

Swarovski Waterschool Global Report 2021

Swarovski Waterschool works with local partners to address and overcome water and sanitation challenges. Its mission is to educate and empower future generations to treasure and protect the world’s most precious resource, and inspire them to become leaders in sustainable development.  

Using innovative teaching methods and its own curriculum, Swarovski Waterschool provides training and tools to empower young people and their communities around the world to become water ambassadors. The Swarovski Waterschool Global Curriculum aligns well with several components of The Australian Curriculum, including Life Skills, Aboriginal Language, and the Information Fluency Framework. 

Download SWS Global Curriculum

Swarovski Foundation 'Creatives for Our Future' Mentorship program

As a Swarovski Waterschool Australia delivery partner, we are proud to share and support the announcement of the second year of Creatives for Our Future. The Creatives for Our Future program is a global grant initiative for 21 to 30 year old's designed to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative leaders in sustainability.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our work is highly aligned with national and international goals towards sustainable life.

The Swarovski Waterschool program and Earthwatch Australia’s Kids Teaching Kids aligns with the goals below:

  • Quality Education (SDG 4)
  • Clean water and sanitation (SDG 6)
  • Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)
  • Responsible consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • Climate Action (SDG 13)
  • Life below water (SDG 14)
  • Life on land (SDG 15)
  • Partnerships for the goals (SDG 17)

COVID Vaccination Policy

Our COVID vaccination policy follows the latest Australian Government advice. For minors (students under the age of 18 years), COVID vaccinations are strongly encouraged and boosters are recommended. It is not compulsory for students to be vaccinated in order to participate in a Student Challenge expedition. All adult (over the age of 18 years) Earthwatch staff and on-ground research staff are required to produce verified proof of full COVID vaccination (double dose) unless medically exempt.

Our COVID policy is subject to change/check webpage regularly for up to date information.

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