The HSBC Wa­ter Pro­gramme in­vites pro­pos­als for the Catch the Drop Cam­paign for scholas­tic year 2015-16

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The HSBC Wa­ter Pro­gramme – Catch the Drop cam­paign is invit­ing all stu­dents, schools and lo­cal coun­cils in Malta and Gozo to pro­pose a wa­ter har­vest­ing project that can pos­i­tively im­pact the com­mu­nity. Sub­mis­sion of the project pro­pos­als opens with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and will close off by Fri­day 18th De­cem­ber.

Now in its third year, the HSBC Catch the Drop is the largest ever na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal and ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign of its kind in Malta and aims to forge a blueprint for progress on sus­tain­abil­ity of wa­ter as a re­source. The pro­gramme aims to ed­u­cate 50,000 stu­dents be­tween 2013 and 2016. This year’s theme of the HSBC Wa­ter Pro­gramme – Catch the Drop cam­paign is ‘Wa­ter Har­vest­ing in Schools and Lo­cal Coun­cils’.

Pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted by in­di­vid­ual stu­dents will be eval­u­ated un­der the ‘School Out­reach Pro­gramme’, while those by schools and lo­cal coun­cils will be eval­u­ated un­der the ‘Com­mu­nity Out­reach Pro­gramme’.

Some of the win­ning projects al­ready im­ple­mented un­der the three-year cam­paign range from use of urns that fil­ter rain­wa­ter to in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter-sav­ing Hippo bags in a school’s flush­ing sys­tem. So this is a great op­por­tu­nity to have your wa­ter con­ser­va­tion ideas gain recog- ni­tion, once se­lected.

The HSBC Wa­ter Pro­gramme – Catch the Drop cam­paign re­cently held a work­shop for Catch the Drop link teach­ers from ev­ery pri­mary and sec­ondary school in the coun­try. The work­shop helped the teach­ers to un­der­stand how their stu­dents can sub­mit an award-win­ning pro­posal. A work­shop for lo­cal coun­cils will be held sep­a­rately.

In scholas­tic year 2013-14, the cam­paign re­ceived a to­tal of 30 pro­pos­als, out of which 21 se­cured grants by the HSBC Wa­ter Pro­gramme – Catch the Drop cam­paign. In 2014-15, a to­tal of 23 projects from schools and three from lo­cal coun­cils were se­lected for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2013 and over two scholas­tic years, the HSBC Wa­ter Pro­gramme – Catch the Drop has held 476 pre­sen­ta­tions, 41 theatre shows, 117 Sponge Bob and Frozen shows, 15 drama unit shows, and 32 site vis­its. Th­ese have touched 40,892 stu­dents and have had the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 350 staff vol­un­teers from HSBC.

In­ter­ested stu­dents, schools and lo­cal coun­cils can ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion about the HSBC Wa­ter Pro­gramme – Catch the Drop by email­ing glenn.bugeja@hsbc.com or by call­ing 2380 3252.

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