Across the globe, 22nd March is celebrated as the World Water Day. Leading up to World Water Day 2012, the Schools Water Portal partnered with Oracle Education Foundation in a Water Quality Testing Programme with schools across India to spread awareness on fluoride contamination in groundwater. The Schools Water Portal, an initiative of Arghyam, is a collaborative website that shares learning resources on water with teachers, students, parents and school managements.
The Water Quality Testing programme was conducted with 1,339 schools from across the country. A fluoride testing kit was sent to each school, and instructions on using the kit, collecting groundwater samples and testing for fluoride were put up on Schools Water Portal. Learning resources like presentations and fact sheets on fluoride and fluorosis were posted on Schools Water Portal for teachers and students to refer to. The schools submitted the results of the testing through a simple online form, enabling easy, decentralised data collection.
As of March 17th 2012, 679 schools have submitted results. And the Schools Water Portal is still receiving more results.