Rivers of the World (ROTW) is an international art and education project by Thames Festival Trust, delivered in partnership with the British Council. The project encourages young people to explore and reflect on local and global issues, giving them the experience to build the skills they need for life and work in a global society. This two-year creative education programme aims to help children and young people connect and learn about local rivers and create artwork inspired by its culture, community and ecology. The project offers 6 schools in each selected non-UK country the opportunity to be partnered with a UK school and work with a local artist to produce high-quality digital artworks with groups of students. This year, schools from Tanzania, Lebanon and India participated in the programme.
In India, the programme started in February 2020 and is being delivered in partnership with the Government of Kerala where 45 students from six government schools in Thiruvananthapuram have participated till date. The name of the schools are, GHSS Aruvikkara, GVHSS Aryanad, GHSS Ayilam, GHSS Neyyardam, GBHSS Karamana (Boys), and GGHSS Karamana (Girls). Throughout the project period, students closely interacted with students from the UK to understand their surroundings, the value of local rivers and represent them in the form of innovative art based on themes such as River of Life, River of Culture, River City, Working River, Resourceful River and Polluted River.
The students worked with Leeza John, a Kerala based illustrator and architect to put together the artwork which is currently on display along London’s Southbank as part of ‘Totally Thames 2020’.