Over 40,000 school students learn good habits to care for water in the Madrid Region

null Over 40,000 school students learn good habits to care for water in the Madrid Region

Over 40,000 school students learn good habits to care for water in the Madrid Region


The new term starts for Canal Educa, Canal de Isabel II’s environmental education outreach programme for schools, launched in 1991.

  • Canal Educa is aimed at school students of all ages and provides free activities in Spanish and English to all schools in the region.
  • The programme is managed by the Canal Foundation and also has activities for special educational needs students and hospital classrooms.

Canal Educa is the free educational programme available in English and Spanish to promote care and sustainable use of water among school students in Madrid. This year again it is offering educational activities for all school students in the Madrid Region. Last year, Canal Educa’s programme of activities reached almost 46,000 participants, including teachers and students, in 67 towns across the Madrid region. Registration for this term’s programme with all its learning content is open now.

To carry out the programme’s activities, Canal Educa’s educators travel to both schools and to hospital classrooms, special needs education centres and also to rural  primary schools (Centros Rurales Agrupados), so that the whole educational community in the Madrid Region may access specific training focused on promoting water conservation through knowledge and environmental awareness.

For secondary and baccalaureate students, the programme includes experimental workshops and visits to Canal de Isabel II’s facilities to see the phases and processes involved in the integrated water cycle. This 2019-20 academic year, Canal Educa’s programme includes a visit to a reservoir dam, two different drinking water treatment plants and a wastewater treatment plant.

And to help teachers, Canal Educa provides a web site with teaching resources, guides and a range of teaching materials to use in the classroom or as source material for preparing their own content about sustainability, the environment and the sustainable water use.


Canal Educa was founded in 1991 by Canal de Isabel II and has been managed by the Canal Foundation since 2017. The main aim of this educational programme is to promote awareness about water and sustainability among school students in the Madrid Region.

Year after year, participation in the educational program Canal Educa has been growing. Last term it reached almost 46,000 participants, including students and teachers. The programme’s specialised educators visited 293 schools in 67 towns and villages across the region.

All Canal Educa’s materials are adapted to the school curriculum and complement students’ knowledge with playful and highly participative activities that promote teamwork and creativity and problem-solving ability while encouraging sustainable and healthy habits.

Canal Educa also has its own communication channels to stay in contact with the educational community: In addition to the website and monthly newsletter, it is on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to encourage conversation and debate about caring for the environment, environmental education and above all, conserving and caring for water.

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