‘Water for Everyone’ – schools’ learning package

teaching-2Five free teaching units, focusing on water, the world’s most vital resource, and how it connects to tourism, the world’s fastest growing industry.



Water for Everyone: Sustainability and Tourism Issues

  • Designed for teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 Geography but content has greater applications
  • Exploring key themes such as understanding place / exploring interconnection and change / enquiring and communicating
  • Each unit contains an hour’s lesson plan plus an image bank and activities
  • Active learning structure, including investigation and role play
  • Freshen up your current KS3 curriculum at no cost
  • Bring real and ‘up to the minute’ case studies into your teaching
  • Prepare for the likely new emphasis on place

Unit 1 – Why is water precious?

This unit introduces pupils to the need for the sustainable use of natural resources.
Pupils will uncover how vital water is in our lives and learn how and why water scarcity is a growing problem. In the UK, everyone’s access to a plentiful supply of clean water is taken for granted. But here, as elsewhere around the world, water scarcity is becoming a reality. How and why has this happened? This unit helps pupils understand the vital role of water in our lives and appreciate factors contributing to global water scarcity. This unit contains a lesson plan, three resource sheets, and an image bank, which can be downloaded.

Unit 2 – How does tourism affect the demand for water?

This unit links the local to the global, exploring the concept of sustainable living through the lens of tourism. Pupils will examine their own use of water on holiday, followed by how tourism relates to the problem of water scarcity, focusing on the popular Indian ‘wintersun’ destination of Kerala. British tourists increasingly visit places where water is scarce and becoming scarcer. What impact does the lifestyle we bring with us have on destinations where the climate is dryer than our own, or where people may be too poor to have their own water supply and sanitation? This unit helps pupils examine their own use of water on holiday, and the relationship of tourism to water issues, focusing on the Indian coastal state of Kerala.

Unit 3 – A moral dilemma for tourists

This unit raises the question of personal responsibility in the search for sustainable development. Pupils will be challenged to think through their own response to a moral dilemma posed by a story using current research on water scarcity in Goa. In the popular ‘wintersun’ destination of Goa, local access to water supplies are being compromised by the tourist industry’s demand for water.  Is this situation something that tourists themselves should be concerned about? In this unit pupils will be challenged to think through their own response to a moral dilemma posed by a story based on the situation in the Indian coastal state of Goa.

Unit 4 – Water scarcity in long haul destinations

This unit demonstrates the global nature of sustainability issues, showing how countries share common problems. Pupils will undertake an online enquiry into destinations where according to current research, water scarcity is an increasing issue. Many long haul resorts favoured by British tourists face water scarcity issues. How is tourism implicated in the water and pollution problems of such places? This unit provides a structured way of answering this question in relation to three destinations – Goa, Zanzibar and Bali, through an online ‘Web Quest’ enquiry.

Unit 5 – Water and conflict

This unit explores the many factors and stakeholders that need to be considered if sustainable tourism is to be a reality in poor countries. Using role play to reveal different perspectives, pupils will decide whether a new tourist development proposed for the island of Bali should go ahead. On the island of Bali, water scarcity is intertwined with other issues facing the local community as new resorts encroach on more land. Who is benefiting and who is losing out from tourism development? This unit sets up a debate about a tourist development currently being proposed on the island, enabling pupils to view it from different perspectives before making up their own minds about it.

About these resources

These resources have been produced with the support of the UK Department for International Development, as part of Tourism Concern’s ‘Empowering Coastal Communities in South India’ programme. About these resources

Curriculum links

Download the full explanation of how these resources link in with the current curriculum.

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