Taking Action - Grade 6 Water Project

19 February 2010

The PYP exhibition is a unique way of assessing a student, on what he or she has learnt throughout his or her years as a PYP student.

Dhruv Shah, Water Group, 7RThe PYP exhibition is a unique way of assessing a student, on what he or she has learnt throughout his or her years as a PYP student. Being a PYP student helped us to understand the Earth as our home in a different perspective. The PYP exhibition taught us how to work as a group and not as an individual.

Last years PYP exhibition was themed “Okoa Watoto Wa Kenya.” This means; “Save the Children of Kenya.” We learnt about the various needs affecting the lives of children in Kenya and all over the world. Some groups, dealt with various topics, such as; Malnutrition, Hygiene and Malaria. Our group focused on the children’s’ right to water. This is a basic commodity in Kenya, which is running scarce. Part of the PYP exhibition is having an Action Plan. This is a sustainable project, you take up which will, help your community and is also related to the topic you are focusing on. We had three Action Plans. Firstly we planted a Moringa tree in the school campus. When you grind the seeds of this tree, the powder which you get is used for water purification. Our second Action Plan was to plant trees around Kenya. Our third Action Plan was the most important.

For this, we donated a manually operated pedal pump to Kimahuri Centre for Continuing Education up north near Chuka. The pedal pump is used for spraying water on a field. It can shoot water to a distance of about twenty meters. The physics of this is that the water from a nearby source, flows through a pipe, and into a very small tank. When you push the pedal down, the water moves into another smaller tank. When you press the pedal once more, the water shoots out. The mechanism of this is that it works on the human strength of pushing. It’s like riding a bicycle. We bought this pump for ten thousand shillings. The money came through the funds we collected at the exhibition itself. A small plaque was attached to the pump, with all of our names on it.