Children are the ideal vehicle to spread the messages about responsible water use and raise awareness of the urban water cycle.
The same as for Aqualia, for SmVak education about responsible water consumption is essential. Children are the ideal vehicle to spread the messages about responsible water use and raise awareness of the urban water cycle in the entire family. Hence, it is necessary to make available to schools and families educational tools that spark responsible habits and awareness about sustainability in the youngest family members.
SmVak regularly supports nonprofit organisations that work with children, youth, disabled people and the elderly. In cooperation with experts, it has developed an educational programme for schools known as 'The Tree of Life', focusing on the importance of water for people and for the environment.
The programme was launched in 2006 in the schools of the Moravia-Silesia region. Since then, more than 2200 students have participated. The programme has been recognised by the prestigious competition Eduina as one of the 12 best innovative educational programmes in the Czech Republic.
The educational game uses the EduLARP — Live Action Role Play — method, a modern, interactive learning method designed to complement education. Participants use their prior knowledge and discuss how to live the stories.
In The Tree of Life students become colonisers in Planet Oxidan. They travel to the planet in expeditions where there is a tough competition to gain control over resources. It is a competition to achieve the most efficient use of nature and build the most prosperous society. This way, the game intends to teach youth that society cannot develop without cooperation and sustainable water and environmental management.