Publications and Educational Tools

Water Cycle Poster

Water Cycle

Water Cycle Poster produced in collaboration with the USGS 
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Water Cycle

Use the Water Cycle poster in your classroom, or as a quiz at your event 
with the Question and Answer version of the Water Cycle poster. 
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And be sure to print out your Answer sheet to help you if you get stuck or to cut out and use as labels for your Q & A Poster! 
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YUNGA's Water Challenge Badge

This booklet is intended as a guide for teachers and youth leaders. Take it and explore, play and discover – and while you’re having fun, maybe you can even come up with some clever ways to help preserve water in your homes.


Children's letters to Ministers / Children's letters to Scientists


For all ages, in English and Spanish

These are two small books with big ideas. We quickly see that children — rural or urban, rich or poor— intuitively know the importance of water in all its complexity. The books are the result of activities organized in elementary schools in Mexico by the Water Network of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. The children responded by either writing a letter or sending a drawing or painting, conveying their messages of hope, suggestions, and frustrations to the ministers and experts participating in the 4th World Water Forum.

The compilations of letters were published in English and Spanish by the Mexican Academy of Sciences and UNESCO, with the support of Coca Cola.

Learning about water: multiple-perspective approaches

The Multiple-Perspective Tool is a valuable framework for teaching any sustainable development issue. The focus of this particular companion document is on applying multiple perspectives for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to freshwater issues. This resource was published by UNESCO within the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

A Trip With Drip The Water Drop


A Trip with the Drip The Water Drop' is a colourful learning-by-doing workbook on water for children. Published in 2005 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) India, it contain basic facts, interesting information, and several learning-by-doing activities on various aspects of water.

Trishna and the Dream of Water

Trishna and the Dream of Water is a children's environmental storybook dealing with water in dryland areas. Published in 2006, it is part of UNEP's Tunza Environmental Series for Children. 'Tunza' means "to treat with care of affection" in Kiswahili.


Main outcomes of the workshop - Education for Water Sustainability: Where Decades Meet


This workshop, held during the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, in Bonn, Germany, provided a sterling occasion for reflection on current best practices and obstacles. The main outcomes of the workshop include suggestions for the way forward. Four kinds of education (higher, vocational and training, school, community) were the themes for the working groups, whose participants exchanged experiences, ideas, recommendations and a call for urgent action to specific stakeholders.

Published by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNWDPC), the International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) and the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) of Germany.  

Water and Education: General Guide for Teachers of the Americas and the Caribbean

This curriculum and activity guide was adapted from the English Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide, it is available in English and Portuguese. This guide includes 32 educational activities, selected and adapted by an international group of specialists from the Project WET Foundation and the UNESCO-IHP, Latin America and Caribbean office. The primary objective of this publication is to facilitate the work of educators and to promote the appreciation of, knowledge about, and respect for water.



El Planeta Azul


This publication in Spanish explores our blue planet, the water cycle and our water consumption. It provides worksheets with quizzes and activities for children for each chapter. 

UN World Water Development Report 3: Water in a Changing World Messages for Youth

Based on the findings of the World Water Development Report 3 (2009), Messages to Youth communicates the key ideas about the threats facing the world's supply of fresh water and includes lots of links to interesting web sites for anyone who wants to get involved in safeguarding our water resources.


UNICEF Voices of Youth: Water, environment and sanitation


The UNICEF Voices of Youth web site has lots of interesting stuff for children and students who want to explore and become active in the field of water environment and health. It provides information on preventing water-related diseases and gives ideas and practical advice to young people on how to initiate their own community projects. It also features real life stories, interactive games (Water Alert), brain teasers and more. The photo on the left is from one of the site's photo journals.

Water Rights and Wrongs: A young people's summary of the Human Development Report 2006

Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty, and the global water crisis

This 32-page booklet, prepared by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Peace Child International, includes drawings, poems and stories on water and development, entirely made by and for young people.

Water Rights and Wrongs is available on line in English, French and Spanish. It is also available as a pdf document in Arabic, Basque, English, French and Spanish.


Swim-Edu project: water education in China


These educational resources are only available in Chinese.