Make a Splash at School

Thanks for jumping online to see how you can Make a Splash at your school, with Oxfam.

In 1981 more than 50% of the world population lived in absolute poverty. Today, it’s down to 14%. This incredible achievement has only been possible thanks to the generous support of the public. But our mission does not end here. We need you to join us on our mission of fighting poverty and injustice and continue pushing this figure down.

Teaching Resources
Make a Splash Fundraiser

Teaching Resources

Our friends at Oxfam Great Britain have developed some fantastic school resources so pupils across New Zealand and beyond can learn about water issues affecting some of the world’s poorest communities. Download them here:

Primary schools

These resources focus on the experience of small-scale farmers to engage learners with fairness issues in the global food system. Focus on Malawi and use snakes and ladders to learn about the experiences of small-scale farmers, in which access to water plays a vital role.

Ideally suited to the English and Drama curriculum for learners aged 8-11.

Intermediate schools

An interactive resource featuring stunning colour photos to help you teach about water and its significance.

Includes classroom activities, case studies, quizzes and whiteboard activities for exploring the importance of water, water shortages, and ideas for positive action. In addition, there are photo case studies about water from Senegal, Cambodia, Uganda, East Timor, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Switzerland.

This resource is a self-contained site with separate navigation. It can be used directly by learners or on an interactive whiteboard.

Ideally suited to the Maths, English, Social Studies, ICT and Art curriculums for learners aged 9-13.

High schools

These resources focus on the experience of small-scale farmers to engage learners with fairness issues in the global food system. Look at farming heroes  from around the world to think about how small-scale farmers can be supported.

Ideally suited to the English and Drama curriculum for learners aged 11-16.

Make a Splash Fundraiser

We hope our teaching resources provide a useful and interesting tool to engage with students about some of the most pressing issues around the world. However, the journey doesn’t end there.

We are asking schools to Make a Splash by hosting a fundraising event – perhaps a mufti day or a bake sale – and raise $1,800.

This gift could provide 1,000 people with safe drinking water in Papua New Guinea where an estimated 4.2 million people (61% of the population) lack access to safe water and 3.8 million (55% of the population) do not have access to sanitation facilities.

The consequences are dire. One of the main problems is that children are often unwell, suffering from preventable diseases like diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid and are away from school for extended periods of time.

By taking part in a Make a Splash fundraiser you will be supporting vital work that enables communities like these to access the basics like clean, safe water.

And it's really easy, here's all you need to do:

  1. Pencil it in. The first step is to book a date in that suits you – we suggest late October or early November, before the silly season sets in.
  2. Get online. If you'd like to do so, you can set up your own fundraising page on our website. Make sure you check out the accompanying classroom resources on our webpage too.
  3. Hold a fundraising event of your choice. Check out our A-Z list of fundraising ideas for some inspiration! You may wish to show the video above to show students how their donations could be spent.
  4. Send in your donations. Once your fundraiser is complete, make sure you bank the money and send it in to us – instructions on how to pay donations in are below. The sooner we receive your donations, the sooner we can get safe water flowing to those who need it most.
  5. Celebrate your success. When we have received your donation, we will send your school a special certificate to recognize your wonderful support alongside a short video clip that can be shown to students. The video, thanking everyone for their support, will show the kind of life changing work you are making happen!

I hope you can join us – combining a lesson plan with your Make a Splash fundraiser to have real, meaningful impact. It’s the perfect opportunity for some fun and for your school to make a huge difference to the lives of so many.

Together, we can make a difference and help people lift themselves out of poverty.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please contact Emily Pavey on 09 355 6854 or

How to send your donations in

Note: please include the following reference information when making payment:
Particulars: School name
Code: Make a Splash

  • Online bank transfer directly into our ANZ account:
    Oxfam New Zealand, ANZ bank, Newton Branch
    Account number: 01-0202-0117805-03
  • Bank deposit at your local ANZ branch - just use the ANZ bank details above to deposit the donations.
  • Credit card over the phone on 0800 600 700 (or 09 355 6500).
  • Cheque - please make cheques payable to Oxfam New Zealand, write ‘Make a Splash’ and the name of your school on the back of the cheque and send them in to:
    P O Box 68357, Newton, Auckland 1145, New Zealand