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Swarovski Foundation Waterschool Australia

Swarovski Foundation Waterschool Australia

Earthwatch is excited to deliver the Swarovski Foundation Waterschool Australia program to improve water literacy and student empowerment outcomes for schools and their local communities. Throughout the school year, participants will work through four phases to become water ambassadors and environmental leaders.  

First, they will conduct research and apply critical thinking to understand the issue in its full complexity – and grasp the behavioral change and action required to address it.  

Then, schools will connect with Traditional Custodians of the land to explore the value of water through First Nations perspective, and further broaden their understanding by speaking with local environmental organisations and community mentors.  

Armed with knowledge, they will then develop workshops for other students to reflect on what they have learned and inspire them to transform ideas into action.  

Finally, program participants will become leaders, encouraging others to follow their example, while setting and reaching goals to create positive impact in their school, household, and wider community.

Earthwatch will support schools and empower students through virtual education, workshop planning support, local community connections, and events to ensure our young Australians are encouraged to stand up for their futures, and for the planet.


The Swarovski Foundation Waterschool program was established in Austria in 2000. What began as a local project has since evolved into a global initiative, situated in eight countries within watershed areas of the Danube, Ganges, Yangtze, Nile, Amazon, Chao Phraya, Mississippi and now Parramatta rivers. The program has engaged and trained more than 15,000 teachers in 2,500 schools, and reached more than 740,000 young people to date. It contributes to the fulfilment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on Clean Water and Sanitation, Quality Education and Partnership for the Goals.  

Read the latest global report, featuring our work as the Australian program partner:

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Apply for the Swarovski Foundation Waterschool Australia program

We are currently accepting applications for the Swarovski Foundation Waterschool program for 2024. Express your interest to participate, or request more information from the Program Manager, by completing the online Application Form. 

This program aligns with Reconciliation NSW objectives, the Australian Curriculum, and several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  

Successful schools will receive teacher relief grants, travel grants, Indigenous and Environmental education, peer-teaching skills and experience, and the opportunity to set up on-ground environmental action projects. The program encourages schools to host events, share success stories with students around the globe, and allows access to the Swarovski Foundation Waterschool Global Curriculum to enhance classroom learning.  

If your school is interested in becoming a Waterschool, click APPLY NOW and complete the online application form in full. 

Swarovski Foundation Waterschool Global Curriculum

Swarovski Foundation Waterschool works with local partners to address and overcome water and sanitation challenges. Its mission is to educate and empower future generations to treasure and protect the world’s most precious resource, and inspire them to become leaders in sustainable development.  

Using innovative teaching methods and its own curriculum, Swarovski Foundation Waterschool provides training and tools to empower young people and their communities around the world to become water ambassadors. The Swarovski Foundation Waterschool Global Curriculum aligns well with several components of The Australian Curriculum, including Life Skills, Aboriginal Language, and the Information Fluency Framework. 

Earthwatch Education Resource Hub

Providing accurate, engaging and fun water education resources created by students, for students, is a key aim of the Swarovski Foundation Waterschool Australia program.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our work is highly aligned with national and international goals towards sustainable life.

The Swarovski Foundation Waterschool program and Earthwatch Australia’s Kids Teaching Kids aligns with the goals below:

  • Quality Education (SDG 4)
  • Clean water and sanitation (SDG 6)
  • Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)
  • Responsible consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • Climate Action (SDG 13)
  • Life below water (SDG 14)
  • Life on land (SDG 15)
  • Partnerships for the goals (SDG 17)
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Swarovski Waterschool