"Your problem, my problem": Uruguayan children participate in World Walk for Water

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This World Water Day, Uruguay joins the international "Walking for Water" , in celebration of the United Nations International Year Water of Cooperation. Initiated in 2003 in Holland by the Foundation "Aqua for All", this activity aims to recreate the situation facing millions of people worldwide: walking an average of 6 km to get clean water each day.
On Friday 22 March 2013 at 10:00 a group of 40 children from the last year of primary education of Public School No. 17 Brazil (Baron of Rio Branco) will undertake a collective walk along the Rambla of Montevideo (from their school to the MERCOSUR Building, headquarters of the Regional Bureau for Science of UNESCO in Latin America and the Caribbean). Every child will carry a backpack loaded with water, as a way of raising awareness of the living conditions that affect particularly women and children, having to take a daily walk to access water. The children will also work on this topic in class, as an opportunity to learn about the importance of water as a vital resource.

Many children around the world will participate in this “Walk for Water” on the same day, including in The Hague, in Holland, where the official celebrations of World Water Day 2013 are taking place.

The Walk for Water in Montevideo is organized by the Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO ASPnet, NGO Cultura Ambiental, and the Scouts movement in Uruguay, with the support of Agua Esencial (local private water company) and CONAPROLE (national cooperative for milk products).


Type of Event Special Event
Start 22.03.2013 09:00 local time
End 22.03.2013 15:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Responsible Montevideo
Focal point Santos Bianchi, Paula
Country Uruguay
City Montevideo
Venue Rambla of Montevideo
Contact psantos@unesco.org.uy
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event Spanish
Estimated number of participants
Official Website World Water Day 2013
Link 1 UNESCO Regional Bureau in Montevideo
Link 2 Cultura Ambiental (NGO)
Link 3 Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay
Link 4 Official website of the International Year of Water Cooperation