Two Students From Greengates School in Mexico Are Developing a Sustainable Water System for a Public School

The initiative, led by students Shambhavi and Annabelle, was made deserving of the full grant from Global Youth Action Fund. The project leaders applied for the $3,000 fund in competition with more than 500 applicants.

Shambhavi and Annabelle, two students from Greengates School, part of the Nord Anglia family of premium schools worldwide, won the full grant from Global Youth Action Fund for their initiative to develop a rainwater collection system at a secondary public school, located in Mexico City. The young students partnered with Foundation Amistad Britanico-Mexicana to help this community overcome the daily challenges of water shortages.

Annabelle, one of the project leaders, said, "I personally became aware of the lack of water in Mexican schools and I believe that if you see a community in need, and you have access to resources, then you should help. I felt a responsibility to give back to our community and help in any way I could, which is how Shambhavi and I got involved with Amistad Britanico Mexicana."  

This development mainly consists of installing a water tank with a rainwater collection system that filters and sanitizes the water for the school children to use. As a result of winning the grant, both students were also accepted into a special training on social entrepreneurship facilitated by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Mexico City, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the world, presents daily challenges in terms of water and basic sanitary conditions that affect public schools. According to UNICEF, Education improves by up to 50 percent in disadvantaged communities when this basic situation is addressed.


About Greengates School and Nord Anglia Education

Greengates is the premier British international school in Mexico and the highest average IB Diploma scoring school in the whole country. Greengates School was founded in 1951 and is part of Nord Anglia Education, the world's leading premium schools organisation with +70 schools across 30 countries. Our schools go beyond traditional learning to deliver a high-quality, transformational education to 67,000 students from kindergarten through to the end of secondary school.

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Source: Nord Anglia Education