Green School Bali Takes Teaching To A New Green Level

Green School in Bali, Indonesia is giving its students a relevant, holistic and green education in one of the most amazing environments on the planet. Its mission is to deliver a generation of global citizens who are knowledgeable about and inspired to take responsibility for the sustainability of the world.


They do this by:
  • Emphasizing ‘learning by doing’;
  • Placing great weight in developing social responsibility;
  • Appreciating integrity, honesty, ethics, and compassion as core underlying values;
  • Recognizing the importance of a holistic education.

Through a curriculum which:
  • Develops the essential skills, of reading, writing, mathematics and science to a high degree
  • Has a Green aspect which evolves from nature to ecology to environment to sustainability through a ‘getting your hands dirty’ and ‘getting mud between your toes’ approach;
  • Recognizes and celebrates the local geographical and cultural and artistic context;
  • Is based on continuity and progression

The aims of their Green Studies Curriculum are:
  • To nurture respect for and understanding of the natural world
  • To heighten students’ environmental awareness and to promote stewardship
  • To develop ecological values out of first hand experience
  • To understand and practice permaculture (the harmonious integration of land and people to provide food, shelter, energy, and other materials and non-materials needs in a sustainable way.) This includes on-campus food gardens, aquatic systems, appropriate technologies, awareness of waste and water usage and employing management systems, rice agriculture, and animal care, learning from local community members, and designing with renewable natural resources such as bamboo.
  • To view school and offer a curriculum which is holistic – integrating all aspects of the child’s nature, multiple intelligences, and curiosity for learning – through a hands-on practicum model which is part of an academically rigorous learning program; in a school where classrooms are integrated into the natural and permaculture environment (eco-literacy.)
  • To understand sustainability as an entire web of relationships in community, interacting with other communities – human and non-human – in ways that enable them to live and develop according to their nature.
  • To think in terms of relationships of inter-connecting patterns and contexts (systems thinking)
  • To collaborate with members of both the school community (mentorship program) and with the wider local community (apprenticeship program.)
  • To integrate subject matter such as science, mathematics and social studies, contextualizing academic disciplines in meaningful experiential projects.
  • To foster in our students a love for learning about themselves, each other, and the wider world community in ways which are respectful, have depth of understanding, and compassionate coexistence.
  • To instill pride, responsibility, and cooperation among students as life-long learners and future leaders in the world.


Learning for a Sustainable Future

Green School is an amazing project, pioneering sustainability within education. It is pushing boundaries in schooling at a time when the world must review whether more of the same is acceptable.

Its curriculum combines the academic rigour expected of schools and institutions of higher learning with hands-on experiential learning within a Green Studies curriculum and a Creative Arts curriculum. This means that by holding onto the essential core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, Green School students will have doors open to them for whichever kinds of further learning and careers that they choose.

International in its teaching and learning, and in its clientele, our students come from different corners of the world to join a core Balinese community of scholars – representing up to 20% of our enrolment. They bring with them their learning to date to share with their friends and to contribute to a global awareness and perspective of social issues from their countries of origin.

It is preparing students to be critical and creative thinkers who are confident to champion the sustainability of the world and its environment. It is inspiring their thirst to know more, equipping them with appropriate and relevant knowledge, and nurturing their passion to influence change in the way we are managing this planet.
Posted by Sharon Jaye on Aug 11, 2017 2:17 PM America/Chicago


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