The Green School in Bali - The Natural Campus Creating Positive Change
The Green School is an international school for pre-K to high school students based in Bali, Indonesia. Over 700 students attend from 30+ countries making it incredibly diverse in population and in thought. The forest-based campus filled with 50+ bamboo buildings encourages students to enact positive change in the world.
The majority of students go full-time, however there is also a summer camp version available. Parents even have their own designated co-working space to remain on campus, too!
While in Bali, you can schedule a tour to visit the campus and learn more about the curriculum. All of the proceeds from the tour go back to the educational program. The goal of this progressive curriculum is designed to have students learn by doing and become sustainability champions of the world.
Throughout all age ranges, the students work on their own projects across a variety of topics (transportation, agriculture, energy, etc). One project example is the seniors last year identified that the students’ commute did not match the school’s mission and they therefore started the BioBus- an environmentally friendly way to get to campus! Students are their own leaders and can come up with an idea and pitch for it to receive funding. Just like in real life!
While on the tour, the guide explained to us the process, design and rationale behind everything we saw. From classrooms to recycling centers to compost areas to organic kitchens and anything in between, the detail behind The Green School was purposefully thought out. The campus attempts to utilize its resources to operate efficiently (ie water windmill to generate energy). It even has incentives to reduce waste in Bali (ie students can bring in a certain amount of waste and receive a free juice). There was also a gratitude and friendship wall for expressing these beautiful parts of life!
Additionally, my tour was made up of about 15 people of all ages and professions from all over the world, which very much enhanced the experience. From fellow tour attendees questions to dialogue with them, I loved hearing their stories for why they joined the tour. For some, it was to learn about the architecture, for some it was to learn about the curriculum, for some it was for learning about the environment. You could feel the enthusiasm around every corner!
The Green School radiates positive energy, inspiration and free-thinking in an incredibly hands-on and innovative way. left the tour feeling inspired and motivated. Although I greatly appreciate the education I received and the people who helped shape me into how I am today, I am so excited to see this kind of education spread in our world! By having such an open system, students are free to discover their skills and passions organically rather than what is prescribed for the mass. Additionally, since students are acting in a real world reality and need to find solutions to problems, they will be equipped to do so in the future.
Lastly, especially in the world we live in today, it is imperative that the future generation sees the value of others and the planet and is prepared to make the world a better place for generations to come. Imagine the possibilities!
Address: Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar Saren, Abiansemal, Sibang Kaja, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 469875