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#6: Clean Water & Sanitation

Why is clean water important?
What does 'sanitation' mean?

Find out: Watch this clip to learn more about the importance of clean water and access to sanitation.


While you are watching and listening you might like to think about these questions.

What does clean water actually mean?

What is another way to explain sanitation?

What would your life be like without clean water?

If you didn't have access to sanitation, how would your life change?

Can you translate these words into another language?


How can you help to solve these problems?

Understanding Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation (Primary)


Visual Thinking Strategy

How to read artwork?

Use the Visual Thinking Strategy, I see, I think, I wonder to learn how to look at, think/talk about art work.

For students:

How to look at art







Toilets as Art Galleries

For Teachers

Can toilets be artwork?

Could artwork be shown in toilets/ bathrooms?

Would that space work as a gallery?

Why or why not?

Art Idea:
Design a
new toilet

Start by watching Bill Gates clip on the new waterless toilet

The world needs new toilet designs that can be build quickly, remain clean and hygienic and designs that don't cost a lot of money to build.

Can you design a water-less toilet, a toilet that can be built from recycled materials or a special toilet designed for younger children?


Step 1: Use the Scamper technique or the Design Cycle to think of ideas.


Step 2: Once you decide on an innovation you could draw you design & label it.

You could build a small model using recycled materials.


You can design it on the 3D design software Tinkercad.


*Remember you can use this software for free and you don't need to actually 3D print your design. You could display them on computers, iPads or by taking a screenshot and displaying your artwork.


Lazer Cutting Design:

If your school has a lazer cutting machine you might also want to cut out pieces that build your own toilet model.

You could also paint these in the style of a famous artwork and have an exhibition that showcases your 'toilet art' but that advocates for the need for clean water and sanitation around the world.

Perhaps you could ask for donations and send these to NGO's such as WaterAid and Toilet Twinning.

Art Idea:
Artwork in Bathrooms

Have you ever thought about where art is normally displayed?

Check out Australian artist Paul Perry in the resources section above.

Could a bathroom be a great place to have an art gallery? It is a space people visit several times a day.

There are some incredible artworks created for public toilets and private bathrooms in houses or hotels.


Often artwork in public places shares a powerful message about a problem in society such as poverty, hand washing, equal rights etc. With this in mind you might like to create a drawing or illustration that is created specifically for the outside or inside of a toilet block.

This could even include sculpture, printmaking or graffiti art.

Artwork that is about clean water or sanitation would also be a great place to start off.

Here are some powerful clips to help you get some ideas.

WaterAid "Diarrhoea" Ad





We are WaterAid 


More Ideas

Toilet's in the style of famous artists

Artist Ann Anderson had the brilliant idea of drawing toilets in the style of famous artists (see her book above).

Click here for some examples

You could draw toilets and the research a famous artists, adding their colour and style to your toilet.

Look back to SGD # 3 Good Health & Well-Being for the art idea on the human body

Art Idea:
River Themed Art
Where does our clean water come from?

Do you know how we get clean water?

Where does it come from?

What would life look like if you could only access dirty water?


There are a lot of artworks you can find relating to landscapes, rivers, mountains, streams and the ocean.

Here are some search terms:

  • artwork about mountains

  • artwork about rivers

  • art about the ocean

  • art about clean and dirty water

  • art access to clean water

Website resources:

Artists responding to the water crisis

Contemporary artist:

Serge Attukwei Clottery

Art Ideas:

Draw or paint landscapes with rivers, creeks or the ocean

Water Aid Art Competition Ideas:

Hold your own a poster or art competition

Make an artwork that compares dirty and clean water, this could be using photography or collage

Taking Action

Here is a list of ideas from the Good Life Goals that can help you to take action on goal #6.


Taking Action

Where do I start?


New Ideas & Resources

Coming soon!


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