Baldwin Academy Visits

The Green School of Bali - Indonesia

Dear Mr. Herbert and the Baldwin Family,

 

I‘d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend the Bali Green School’s first Educator Course in June 2013. Attending this international event helped to create a seed that I know would blossom into the full vision we hold for our school in terms of becoming an environmentally focused early childhood center. Throughout my career, I have always been dedicated to empowering children through knowledge and an awareness of the natural world. Now, the subject of sustainability has become even more dear and relevant to me.

 

The Bali Green School consists of 250 students and 60 staff members all from around the world. The vision of the Green School is to teach a “love of Life” and the awareness of how humanity impacts nature and sustainability through a natural, holistic, student-centered learning environment that empowers and inspires the students to be creative, innovative, green leaders. The goal of the school is to encourage a sense of global citizenship through a new model of learning that connects the timeless lessons from nature to a relevant and effective preparation for a fast-changing future. They believe in three simple rules underlying every decision: be local, let your environment be your guide, and envisage how your grandchildren will be affected by your actions. The eight Green School Respect Values that should guide us are integrity, responsibility, empathy, sustainability, peace, equality, community, and trust.

 

 The Green Studies approach that the school uses is

  • Learn by doing
  • Place based learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Theme based learning
  • Systems learning

 

The Green School offers a holistic curriculum in three frames of learning called: The Integral Frame (life skills), The Instructional Frame (academics), and the Experiential Fame (creative expression). Pre-K and Kindergarten establishes a genuine connection with Earth by learning to understand and appreciate all of nature’s gifts. These first steps involve discovering nature, bonding with nature, and exploring nature.

 

First Grade through Twelfth Grade focuses on Thematic Lessons which include “The Big Four” described as:

 

  1. Intellectual Growth
  2. Emotional/Social Growth
  3. Physical Growth
  4. Intra-personal Growth

 

To help students focus on sustainability, The Green School has created “The Sustainability Compass” to help remind students of important principles and guide them on their life journeys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N- Nature

  • Natural Resources use and management (water, air, soil, forests, etc)
  • Environmental values and ethics
  • Land use patterns
  • Pollution and Environmental Quality
  • Environmental policy, laws and regulation
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem
  • Ecosystem Services (clean water, oxygen generation, etc.)
  • Urban Built environment

 

W- Wellbeing

  • Quality of life
  • Physical and mental health
  • Sense of personal security
  • Working and living conditions
  • Individual access to education
  • Personal relationships
  • Spiritual fulfillment
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Happiness

E- Economy

  • Economic vitality
  • Consumption patterns
  • Fiscal Budgets
  • Employment levels
  • Wages and benefits
  • Transportation
  • Cost of living and inflation
  • Investment
  • Accountability /transparency
  • Research/development

S-Society

  • Social Cohesion among different groups
  • Political process and decision making
  • Public services
  • Social services
  • Ethnic and gender equity and equality
  • Infrastructure
  • Cultural diversity, identity and preservation
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Public security
  • Education system and results

 

Of course, always remember REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE!

 

All of the lessons learned at the Bali Green School we can take with us in order to learn how to help ourselves, our future, and the future of others.

 

Darla Rodriguez