Our Young Pirates have been sailing the seven seas, studying subjects that make people pause for thought.
Looking closely at gender inequality has given Young Pirates an understanding of both utter unfairness and lost lack of potential arising from young girls’ poor access to education.
Meanwhile, climate change is a huge topic, and strongly related to others, including hunger and access to clean water. More young people are learning why it’s so important to put the planet first, though some said plants could be a lot tastier!
Sadly, the aftermath of the European Championship final saw some England football players being racially abused on social media. In the year after George Floyd’s murder, it’s a timely reminder of how far we’ve come – and the distance left to travel – until racism is eliminated, and people aren’t judged on their heritage, language, skin colour or religion.
Their passion for the subject matter shone through, helping shape some inspiring insights peppered by plenty of facts and figures. Knowing how to craft an argument will no doubt serve them well in future!
The strength of their writing was informed by their willingness to tackle new words during reading sessions, with selected texts promoting good conversations about comprehension. Encouraging young people to fulfil their reading potential is essential to embed a love of books at an early age, which in turn will help them with all areas of their education as they grow older.
This blog is about clean water and giving everyone access to clean water. Why is clean water so important? There are several reasons why clean water is important. People need clean water because dirty water will affect our bodies negatively. Did you know every 10 seconds someone dies from contracting a disease through drinking dirty water?
We are right now petitioning for clean water because the rights for clean water are really important. Do you really think you don’t need clean water for your survival?
Everybody deserves access to clean water.
Isn’t it horrendous to think that 3.5 million people die each year from dirty water? Clean water is one aspect of improving sustainable food production – in order to reduce poverty and hunger. When it comes to the production of food, clean water is an essential ingredient. Most importantly, if you do not have clean water there is a big chance of dying. What do you think would happen if people didn’t have clean water? Well, we do know that every minute a new-born dies from infection caused by a lack of safe water and an unclean environment.
Isn’t it obvious that clean water is essential?
Humans need clean water
By using dirty water, children are at a higher risk of death and illnesses. Research reveals that, in 2006, nearly 2 million children died from using and drinking unclean water. Additionally, rural Indian areas consume excessive fluoride contaminated water, which leads to skeletal deformities. Our immune system relies on clean water to stay strong and hydrated. Lots of people are dying and getting sick, including new-born babies, because of contaminated water that spreads deadly diseases. Even at the beginning of our lives, clean water is very important! Contaminated water has killed approximately 450,000 people worldwide. Clean water is really important because children need to have hydration; every person on earth requires at least 20 to 50 litres of clean, safe water a day. That’s between 5 and 7 cups a day. You may be able to live one day without food, but water is too important and is one of the main parts of staying healthy and strong, so we need to drink clean water every day. It’s that simple.
Inequalities in accessing clean water
Even though we are different, we all have one thing in common and it’s that we are all humans and we all should have the same opportunities. Clean water helps our communities become more sustainable. Only 40% of the world has access to clean water. Isn’t it time we do something to improve this? Countries that are poorer have less access to safe clean water. Ask yourselves, shouldn’t everyone have access to clean water? Did you know that more than half of primary schools in developing countries don’t have water or have dirty water? If they don’t have clean water, they will get dehydrated and get sick. People who don’t have a tap in their home have to walk a long distance with heavy stuff, just to get clean water to drink, they try to filter their own water. We love our toilets, but unfortunately 2 BILLION people don’t have a decent toilet of their own. In Ethiopia, children sometimes must skip school to travel long journeys to obtain water that often is not clean, also in school must wash their hands with dirty water.
Would you really want to walk for 30 mins just to get some clean water?
Are you aware of this situation? It is heart-breaking knowing that women have to travel very far to access clean water for their families. Isn’t this upsetting? It is also an issue of gender inequality. There are millions of women and children that are sent to get water. Sadly, it is still mostly polluted. Some people get their water from the dirty lakes, which can make them sick and can also kill them! 80% of sewage in some countries goes into the water. This is bad because people might get diseases and become really sick. We need to be more responsible with how we dispose of waste to make more clean water available! How would you feel if you were drinking that polluted water? Do you want people to be poisoned due to the polluted river water?
Why not campaign for clean water? It could lead to a change in so many lives!
Visit www.wateraid.org to find out more or make a donation.
Written by: Ryan, Miyah, Aziz, Baran, Chizara, Cameron, Kairon, Michael, Aleksandra, Rabia, Paige, Kayla, Edward, Gintare, Dulcie, Harry, Orion, Amber, Angel, Teriss, Amy, Kyana, Alfie, Jayden, Christian, Danae, Krystal, Camila, Rayyan, Abdelrahim, Huey, Jacob, Rayn, Chinaza, Cian and Malachi.