“Community development in Indonesia faces many challenges to achieve sustainability and is particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, environmental degradation and unsustainable consumption. A synergy between green schools and communities within the framework of Education for Sustainable Development constitutes an essential element in responding to these challenges. “ (Integration of School Initiatives and Community Empowerment for the Sustainable Future of Indonesia, Jakarta 2 November 2016) Green School Bali is seeking to promote a shift towards sustainability in the wider society by using education as a tool. ‘Education for change’ and ‘change in education’ are necessary to each other.
Green Educator Course
Education is the key starting point in developing responsible and green habits in the new generation. Located in Bali (Indonesia), Green School has been pioneering Education for Sustainability. Green School opened in September 2008 with 90 students and a tailor-made campus that emerged from the jungle and rice fields. Since then it has grown to 400 students and into an inspiring example of education for sustainability. Part of the commitment to sustainability is that all physical structures on campus are built primarily from bamboo: a local, natural and renewable source.
The School’s bamboo bridge, spanning 22 meters across the Ayung River, was completed in November 2006. The structure creates a beautiful, strong symbol of the transition from the realm of idea to reality and connection from our school to the broader community. The campus is immersed in the natural environment of the Balinese jungle, providing constant opportunities to experience the impact that we have on our immediate surroundings. To build an appreciation of sustainability, our students learn in and about their place in the local community; rebuilding their symbiotic relationship with the natural environment.
Education for sustainability (EfS) offers an opportunity for educators to not only share insights in the classroom, but to inspire students to take those principles out into the real world and affect change. In 2013, Green School Bali developed its first Green Educator Course. These courses are 3-7 day experiences for educators who are seeking to learn more about Green School's holistic, student-centred, nature-based curriculum. The Green Educator course brings together like-minded educators from around the world with interests in progressing education in our changing environmental, social, and economic global landscape. The program provides opportunities to not only learn from what Green School has to offer, but creates a platform to explore, share and expand ideas with others. Learning is a collaborative process between Green School and the participants
The Green Educator Course is set up to:
- Equip attendees with a new toolbox of innovative teaching strategies and resources shared by Green School and with one another.
- Engage a global and local network of educators who are committed to student-centred, holistic Education for Sustainability.
- Take into consideration multiple views of ‘education’ from the partners who are involved; teachers, administrators, parents, students, community members.
- Network with other teachers and community members. This leads to continued support and idea-sharing after the course ends.
- Create an inspiring environment for attendees to collaborate with each other on unique projects, programmes, teaching strategies, and resources.
We create a sense of community through this fully immersive programme that encompasses a diverse network of educators. Participants stay overnight on the GS campus. For 4 nights, 5 days, attendees will experience green living at its finest while sleeping in Green Camp’s Lodge - a 2-story breezy, bamboo dorm and sharing some of the most delicious food on the island, prepared by Green School's amazing local kitchen team. The course will be led by Green School teachers who will provide participants with an enriching educational experience; participants will not only learn about the theory of Green School’s pedagogy, but also experience it in practice.
- Holistic learning & Incorporating “IRespect” values into their own curriculum (Integrity, Responsibility, Empathy, Sustainability, Peace, Equality, Community, Trust).
- Learn how to touch the hearts of students; Replacing Ecophobia (a fear of ecological problems and the natural world) with Ecophilia; Students learn to love the Earth before saving it by getting opportunities to be in the natural world.
- Pedagogy: not only a focus on the ‘What’ but on ‘How’. Playful learning and engaging students through practical teaching strategies that actively apply ideas into curriculum.
- Project-Based-Learning: student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. Not only relying on textbooks for knowledge, but using real-life problems as input for design of classes.
- Thematics: Waste - How to cooperate with organizations such as Bottle for Botol & Kembali and integrate this in Curriculum? How to set up Bank Sampah and activate school to use it? (f.e. Waste from canteen and donation of rubbish from community households).
- Learn about the Sustainability Compass to explain sustainability in clear, simple language and teach sustainability and sustainable development, in a whole-system way.
- Mapping our individual Eco footprints and expanding awareness of own behaviour and choices.
- Learn about options to organise finance to set up projects. (f.e. crowdfunding)