The Sustainable Development Goals (UN) has to become part of young people’s DNA in order to make the difference in the future. Through the efforts of the water ambassadors - the Dutch and international wavemakers - this transition can be initiated in an accessible and friendly way.

Primary education

The ambassadors give an interactive guest lecture at a school of on location for primary schools. While taking small steps, they make the children realise that having enough, clean and safe water is not selfevident. They teach them the role of a (semi)government and teach them they have an impact on having clean oceans as well.

Secondary education

By giving guest lectures the ambassadors make youth of secondary education enthusiastic for water related- and technical- education programmes. They tell and teach them, using their own experiences, about the theme of water and technology used during water related events, conventions, trade missions and symposia. They embody the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN on the area of water by giving presentations and by showing their passion for water and technology.

  • Living Water Lab including water experiments for primary education. A workshop physics and technology surrounding the water chain. The children execute experiments in a mobile Living Water Lab;

  • Lesson package of the Plastic Soup Foundation for primary and secondary education. Guest lectures in secondary education, supported on content by knowledge institutes from all over the world and stakeholders of the World Water Web community;

  • Presentations are made together with stakeholders of the We Are Water programme. The accuracy of the information is guarded by the only water envoy in the world, Henk Ovink. Additionally they are trained, if needed, in their missions abroad.

Local and global connectedness through water.

ZSL is developing a plan for secondary education. This will touch upon many subjects during big international water sport events. For example: changing ocean tides because of climate change (tipping points), plastic soup, meteorology (seawater temperatures, the emerging of hurricanes), but also navigation, remote sensing with satellite images etc.


If possible there are simultaneous experiments executed in the classroom and by teams in the race. The ambassadors can report together through (inter)national media.