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An outline of the issues faced by many poor Africans when finding and collecting water. Wells are suggested as a solution and the benefits these bring are discussed.
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First broadcast:
15 October 2002

Classroom Ideas

Pupils could note the problems of fetching water in communities in some rural parts of Africa, then note the improvements shown at the end of the clip. They could also compare the number of litres carried by the women in the clip with the number of litres (up to 20) used in each flush of a conventional toilet in the UK. You could also ask what other services settlements shown in the clip lack that we in the UK take for granted. Pupils could find out the meanings of these key words - infrastructure, sanitation, services, potable, aquifer, communicable diseases, dysentery - and aim to mention them all in a paragraph entitled 'The challenge of water supplies in rural settlements in LEDCs'.