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Case in point 13—Swarovski’s Water Schools

The Yangtze, in addition to being China’s longest river, flows through Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu. It has a total catchment area of 1.8 mill. Km2 and is half the size of the European Union. Swarovski supports three Water School locations along the river— Shangri-la (8 schools), Sichuan (6 schools) and Shanghai (6 schools). The programme’s principles are as follows -

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Rooting the Water School education in the community

Encouraging critical thinking, active engagement and providing meaningful experiences

Making learning authentic and alive

Getting to know a place and its people Caring for that place and its well-being Instilling a sense of caring and responsibility for it

Contributing to the maintenance and improvement of the neighborhoods through civic action and environmental restoration

Showing that you can make a difference

Initiating and participating in actions that build a sense of community spirit

Water School for a Living Yangtze (2008 – 2011)—Principles

Principle Enhance

education by

Encourage stewardship by

Inspire hope by

Build community vitality by

Learning and action occurs at three levels:

Water School Yangtze Leadership Institute

Partnership building Networking

Regional Leadership Institute in SSS

(website, newsletter etc)

Local Leadership Teams, which are composed of representatives from schools, communities, nature reserves, monasteries etc.

Policy influence

Individual

Organisational

Societal

Enhancing knowledge, skills and commitment of teachers, students and community members in sustainable water resource management

Strengthening institutional capacity in water education in selected watersheds of Yangtze

Connecting with broader structures and decision-making processes through

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