Greenschool, Bali, Indonesia – the greenest school on Earth
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“Our vision is of a natural, holistic, student-centered learning environment that empowers and inspires our students to be creative, innovative, green leaders.”
“2012 Greenest School on Earth” awarded to Green School by the USGBC Center for Green Schools.
Green School in Bali, Indonesia gives its students a natural, holistic and student-centered education in one of the most amazing environments on the planet.
Green School was conceived by its founders in 2006 following their excitement at reading the Three Springs concept document for an educational village community, authored by Alan Wagstaff. The school opened its doors in September 2008 with around 100 pupils and a tailor made campus that had only recently emerged from the jungle and rice fields. Since then it has grown physically and in student numbers.
John Hardy, a Canadian art student who was as creative as he was intuitive, made his way to Bali in 1975. Intrigued by the Balinese craft traditions, he settled there and began producing jewellery with local artisans. Cynthia, an American who would years later become his wife and business partner, arrived in Bali in 1982, as a stopover on a round-the-world trip while she was considering attending law school at Berkeley.
One of the keys to their success is that they have done well by doing good. From the beginning, John and Cynthia’s approach to business has been about making jewellery while being respectful to Bali’s land, its environment, its people and its culture.
Like everything else in John and Cynthia’s life, it became their mission to share with others the educational benefits that they were fortunate enough to provide their children, and Green School is the realization of that vision.
“We are building Green School to create a new paradigm for learning. We want children to cultivate physical sensibilities that will enable them to adapt and be capable in the world. We want children to develop spiritual awareness and emotional intuition, and to encourage them to be in awe of life’s possibilities.”
Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja,