Water Ambassador Badge Programme

Updated 25 April 2015


INTRODUCTION

The Water Ambassador badge is a collaboration between St John and PUB, the National Water Agency, as part of the Water Ambassador Badge Programme.  The badge programme was launched on 21 March 2015 during the Singapore World Water Day 2015 by Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

The aims of the programme are spelled out in a form of the following learning outcomes:

1. Take ownership - teach and lead others to use water responsibly.
2. A sense of social responsibility to inspire others to become water advocates. 
3. Become water advocates translating learning into actions – i.e. student volunteerism.


CONTENTS OF BADGE PROGRAMME

To achieve the Water Ambassador badge, students will be required to complete the following activities:

(1) Attend the Water Ambassador Programme

The Water Ambassador Programme will be held at the NEWater Visitor Centre / Marina Barrage (to be decided by PUB) during the school holidays and bookings are required.  Bookings are to be made via St John Portal.

(2) Be A Water Advocate

Upon completion of the Water Ambassador Programme, students will be given the following options to complete the activities as a follow-up of what they have learnt during the programme:

Option 1 - Singapore World Water Day Activities

Students are to work in teams to design a campaign or activity to commemorate and celebrate Singapore World Water Day in schools or various locations around Singapore.  Information on the event will be provided by PUB via St John HQ (CPB Committee).

The campaign, programme or activity reaches out to the community.  Activities can include writing a water pledge or raising awareness on the importance of water conservation and sharing of water saving tips. For ideas, visit: http://www.singaporeworldwaterday.com/

At the end of the event, students will submit a group reflection (with photographs) on the activities conducted.

Option 2 - Service Learning for Community Outreach

In a small group of not more than 4, conduct an outreach programme for participants to educate them about saving water.

The participants can be from the following groups of people:
- fellow students from the school (not from St John)
primary school students (min. 20 students)
- family members / relatives
- community / religious groups
- charity beneficiaries

At the end of the activity, students will submit a group reflection (with photographs) on the activities conducted.

Option 3 - Be a Water Educator

Design a simple worksheet for a guided walk at reservoirs, ABC Waters or waterway.  The trail can be led by a small group of maximum 4 cadets.

The trail can be conducted for the following groups of people:
- fellow students from the school (not from St John)
- primary school students (min. 20 students)
- family members / relatives
- community / religious groups
- charity beneficiaries

Conduct the walk and create the worksheets for this activity.  The worksheet should cover the following:
- Brief history of the site
- Features of the site
- Biodiversity 
- Human impact at the site
- Importance of keeping our reservoirs and waterways clean

At the end of the activity, students will submit a group reflection (with photographs) on the activities conducted.


RESOURCES

Teachers, officers and students can refer to the various resources to assist them in organsing activities in order to fulfill Part 2 of the badge programme:

Singapore World Water Day
- information about participating in the Singapore World Water Day

ABC Water Learning Trails
- Information on the various locations for students to conduct activities for the community


SUBMISSION OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Prior to application for the badge to be made via St John Portal, teachers will submit the following as supporting documents:
- Results for Assessment on Students' Reflections (based on rubrics)
- Softcopy of Student's Group Reflections (with photographs).  Arrangements can be made to submit by uploading to cloud sites (i.e. Google Docs, Dropbox, SkyDrive) and share with us.


For more information and any questions, please contact the officers of the CPB Committee.