Inspiring our future environmental leaders through Kids Teaching Kids and the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP).

We’re helping Victorian schools save water through the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) and providing funding to help more schools participate in Kids Teaching Kids Week.

The programs

Kids Teaching Kids provides a framework to enable schools toinspire future environmental leaders. Through using local environmental and sustainability issues, schools undertake student-led projects with a focus on STEM and citizen science.  Students come together to share their new knowledge at Kids Teaching Kids Week (3-7 September 2018) and at the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference (23-24 October 2018).

We’re investing $200,000 over two years to help 200 Victorian schools cover the costs of their participation in the program each year.

Children crouched on the grass around a science experiment

SWEP is a Victorian Government initiative available to any Victorian school. The program enables schools to track their water usage using data logger technology, electricity use and solar generation. Data is uploaded to an interactive website every morning, allowing teachers and students to track water use and spot leaks that need fixing. The program can also be used in the classroom to learn about water and electricity efficiency using the school’s real-time data.

Across Victoria, SWEP has helped schools save 5.2 billion litres of water and $15.5 million since 2012.

Child looking at iPad showing the SWEP application

Get involved

Schools can sign up for both programs online:

If you have knowledge you’d like to share with our future environmental leaders, why not become a mentor? Or volunteer at a Kids Teaching Kids event.