The Water Explorer programme, organised by Global Action Plan Ireland, is an educational online initiative aimed at raising awareness and empowering children to save water and protect our environment. Water Explorer is a fun, inspiring and educational online initiative to engage young people in 11 countries in understanding how water affects lives, and in taking practical action to protect and save water in school communities.

9,000 young people will develop projects to tackle water issues including water saving, cleaner water, embedded water and access to water. The programme is open to young people aged 8-16. It kicked off in January 2015 in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Bermuda and Switzerland.

Water Explorer will help children and teenagers develop life skills such as presenting, critical thinking, project management and team working. As Global Action Plan programmes are supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), all students who complete the Water Explorer challenge will achieve a UNEP certificate.

‘Kickstart’ workshops, with limited availability, will be run for schools signing up. Alternatively, if you get in touch with Global Action Plan, they will see in what way you can best be supported in using the programme.

Participating schools can win prizes, workshops, host their own Water Festival and be selected to attend the National Award Ceremony in Dublin.


  • Access to hundreds of lesson-ready resources
  • The chance to win prizes and awards that recognises students’ achievements
  • The opportunity for children to immerse themselves in a global issue
  • In addition, Water Explorer is underpinned by the following ICARE values which schools have to actively demonstrate in their challenges: integrity, care & commitment, awareness, responsibility, empathy. This awards you more points and success in the programme.

For more information on how to register and participate in the programme, check out the Water Explorer Programme website.