Our flagship community investment program, Swarovski Waterschool, was established in 2000 and aims to inspire present and future generations on the practice and understanding of sustainable water use, environmental stewardship and hygiene, educating young people to counteract these issues. The Waterschool has worked with over 500,000 students and educators across the globe, empowering children with the knowledge of water conservation and driving positive change thorough individual actions.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “At Swarovski we believe in the transformational power of education. Knowledge is power and nobody can take it away from you.”
The Swarovski Waterschool has made a number of important steps in the past year. Together with Teach for All, we have reached over 900,000 students and 13,000 teachers through the charity’s social impact campaign, which develops collective leadership and encourages children to shape a better future. Teach for All has a global network of locally led organizations working around the world to ensure that every child has access to an excellent education.
Our WATERSCHOOL documentary was born from the hearts and minds of seven UCLA graduate students who followed the experiences of several young female students who live along six of the world’s major rivers. The film celebrates the efforts of Swarovski Waterschool and over the past year has been screened over 200 times to over 5,700 students, demonstrating the power of education and how we can all be ambassadors for water conservation.
Through partnering with the Abaunza Group we were able to reach 500 schools in the US, with over 100 screenings of the WATERSCHOOL documentary. At St. Anne’s School in Santa Monica two students created a Waterschool report card so students could self-evaluate their school’s water conservation efforts.
One student commented: “The film and the Waterschools give students like us the opportunity to learn about these issues, so growing up becoming leaders as adults they can make the changes and start influencing others to make changes that can really help our environment”. WATERSCHOOL has now screened in more than 35 out of 50 US states.
The Swarovski Foundation also partnered with charity WE earlier in the year to host an educational Waterschool workshop with young people and Swarovski employees in London. In addition, Swarovski participated at WE Day London, where Nadja Swarovski spoke to 13,000 children from across the United Kingdom, addressing the global water crisis and empowering each member of the audience to enact positive change in their own communities.
Water continues to be fundamental to Swarovski’s business, and now more than ever, we understand its role as the source of all life on the planet.