4 easy steps to a Waterschool
It´s easy to become a Waterschool. Just follow these 4 simple steps:
Step 1: Decide that "We will become a Waterschool."
Teachers, head teachers, parents, students: Whoever wants to implement a healthier drinking culture in school should start talking to others.
- Strike up a conversation with the school management, your colleagues, your parent teacher representatives about the topic. Prepare convincing arguments (for arguments, see Module 1)
- Inform and motivate your colleagues (e.g. as part of a educational conference).
- Decide to become a Waterschool and set the date of implementation.
Step 2: Preparatory work
In order to become a Waterschool, there are a few preliminary considerations.
- Ensure availability of water in all classrooms.
- If necessary, contact the water supplier or school carrier to ensure water quality.
- Organize drinking facilities (bottles, glasses, cups) for the pupils/students.
Step 3: Implementation – Action Plan
Availability of water at school is not enough. Pupils just forget about drinking. To drink enough, they need to be actively reminded. Helping activities can be:
- Launch drinking rituals in schools.
- Use nudging strategies to remind pupils to drink water.
- Inform and integrate parents.
- Treat the topic during the lesson
Step 4: Quality assurance
Schools are undergoing constant change: new teachers, change of leadership, new projects that demand attention.
Every now and then, for example in the context of a conference, check whether healthy drinking behavior is still being practiced at your school.
- Pupils/students drink tap water at school.
- Pupils/students have a bottle/cup.
- Pupils are reminded to drink water.
- Water drinking is allowed during the lessons, drinking breaks are made.
- Teachers drink water in class (role model).
- Drinking water is encouraged during meals (e.g. by setting water jugs).
- Waterschool is anchored (e.g. in the school profile, house rules or mission statement).
- (New) parents are being informed about Waterschool.
For answers to some frequently asked questions, there is a useful section here.
You can find further ideas, educational material and good practice examples by going to the “Become a waterschool” section.