The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create. Barack Obama
Led by Shona Watt and a group of inspirational artists in partner countries around the world, Rivers of the World is the Thames Festival Trust's flagship, year-round, international education programme, delivered in partnership with the British Council's Connecting Classrooms.
Rivers of the World provides opportunities and resources for teachers and students to learn about their local river and to compare this to other rivers in cities around the world. The students follow up their river study with the creation of huge artworks for public display beside their own river and in all partner cities.
Now in its tenth year, this extraordinary project has been welcomed in more than twenty countries around the world. It has engaged with 80,000 young people 5,000 schools and 10,000 teachers in London and internationally since it began and 2014 saw the 500th artwork created. This year, young teenagers from schools across London will collaborate with students in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
An estimated one million people see the artworks every year through open-air exhibitions in London and participating cities around the world. In London, they are displayed by the Thames on the South Bank during Totally Thames.
Now in its tenth year, this extraordinary project has been welcomed in more than twenty countries around the world:
Rivers of the World champions art in schools, celebrates cultural exchange, helps build appreciation of rivers and their waterfronts, promotes cross-cultural learning and supports professional development.