A group of young students at Killeen National School, in a small community perched on the edge of the Atlantic outside Louisburgh, are becoming environmental warriors for a new television project.
Sixteen students from the school are going to work with the local group water scheme and Irish TV to raise awareness in their community about the importance of water preservation and conservation and produce two insightful short films on their project.
The young environmentalists will be doing market research to assess attitudes to water among locals and will prepare a “water footprint” to measure just how much water the community is actually using.
Commenting at the launch of the school water awareness project Sean Corrigan, manager of the Killeen Group Water Scheme, said the children are the “community entrepreneurs and leaders in the future”
“If they get an appreciation of how vital and important water preservation and conservation is today, then they can go on to achieve great things in the future,” he said.
Principal of Killeen National School Bríd Grady said the project addresses important aspects of the school curriculum like research and presentation skills, marketing and media, community leadership, science and geography.
“We are also delighted to be working with Mayo TV and our local group water scheme on this project as they will bring expertise and guidance in other areas,” she added.
The students will also explore the global impact of water wastage and pollution.
The short films about the project will be broadcast on Mayo TV, Irish TV, and Sky TV.
“We are delighted to be part of this exciting project and to harness the enthusiasm of the students. The message we are getting loud and clear is that Killeen is a great place to live and the students want to tell that message to the world,” commented Priscilla Moore from Irish TV.