The Green School - Rewriting Education

This is the school every child would dream to go to and the school every parent would want their kids to attend. And after touring the facility, you too would understand why families from all over the world are moving to Bali in order to send their kids here.

The Green School is a nonprofit international school located in the middle of the jungle on the island of Bali. The education center throws everything you know about education straight out the window, replacing it instead with wall-less classrooms, student-led learning, a focus on community building and a resource sensitive approach to life.

Walking around the propriety you’ll find a host of intriguing objects and activities including mud pits, bamboo bicycles, a chicken farm, catapults, homemade pizza ovens, and much more.

The mud pit. Picture by Green Camp Bali

Learning is mostly accomplished through projects. One class, for example, was centered around building a catapult. Through this six-week project, students would earn credits by researching history (and learning about how and why catapults were created), learning the math and physics required for it to function and, finally, learning craftsmanship by actually recreating a working version of that catapult.

All of the food is made on location with most ingredients produced directly on school grounds and harvested by the students themselves. Gardening is a mandatory class. One optional class even allows students to raise cattle that are destined for food. The goal is to help them understand the symbiotic nature between the food supply and the food demand, as well as the time and resources behind them.

The creation and distribution of food are two of the world’s most important and controversial subjects. Educating on this topic can enlighten the upcoming generations on the pros and cons of our current food production industry and help them solve this complex problem.

Part of the School's large bamboo building. Picture by Green School Bali

More astonishing facts:

  • Its classrooms (when they’re used) are located inside the world’s biggest bamboo building. Architects from around the world travel to learn more about these innovative structures.
  • Two students have created Indonesia's largest movement against plastics bags at the age of 15 and 13! Four years later they have given a Ted Talk and convinced the Governor to make Bali plastic bag free by 2018. The organization is called Bye Bye Plastic Bags.
  • The senior class of 2014 create a biofuel transportation enterprise to help reduce Green School’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Grade 6 students must carry all of their water for the first three days of class (washing, drinking cooking, etc) in order to gain an appreciation of water supply.

The school hopes to engage children in critical thinking, community building and creating a beautiful future for the generations to come.

This is the school that tomorrow needs.

Want to learn more? Watch founder John Hardy’s Ted Talk and discover the story behind the creation of the Green School. It might be the best Ted Talk you will ever see. 

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