The education of the future

From Green School in Bali founded by John and Cynthia Hardy to the Schumacher College founded by Satish Kumar. How is education addressing the global climate crisis?

By Andrea Awerhoff 

Malala Yousafzai once commented on how all sustainable development goals come back to education. And we couldn’t agree more about this.

Education is the key factor for sustainable development. Without education, there will simply be no evolution. 

So, in times where climate change plays an important role for the children of tomorrow, new education models have been created embracing nature as their major teacher.

“Green School is a model built for the world and a global movement in education.”

Located in the wilderness, next to the sacred town of Ubud, Green School Bali, became the origin of a movement founded by thinkers of the future; John and Cynthia Hardy.

Green School International, is a global education network, non-profit, private and international kindergarten to high school that puts sustainability as its core.

Voted as the greenest school in the world, it hosts a diverse student body from all over the world and aims to create the next generation of green leaders.

The school runs on three simple principles: be local, let the environment lead and think of your grandchildren’s future. 

This place simply takes green to another level: 

  • Nature becomes the classroom ( no more walls ) 
  • Kids show up in used-cooking oil-fueled bio-buses
  • Students become rice farmers and bird conservationists
  • They loan chickens to raise and later sell the eggs as an introduction to economics
  • The place is nestled between rainforests and is made entirely made of bamboo a material of the future that grows in Indonesia.
  • There is also a hydroelectric power plant being built that will power 100 per cent of the school’s energy needs.
  •  Currently, solar panels provide 70 per cent of the energy.

But the best part is that the main investment is put on children’s imagination. 

Green School Alumni are already becoming global leaders. For instance, Indonesian activist Melati Wijsen together with her sister founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags, which has led successful campaigns to ban plastic bags, straws and styrofoam on her home island of Bali.

They have also, opened a new school in Taranaki, New Zealand, following green architecture principles and local materials and is planning to open in South Africa and México in 2020-2021.

At BCOME we believe that being in contact with nature allows children to expand their imagination, and connection to the environment, thus creating a positive effect for kids to find their future vision. 

We truly admire how Green School International has given a 360° approach to education, sustainability and creativity. And we can’t wait to visit Bali, to discover their bamboo dreamy architecture and meet the children of the future.

While, Green School International gives a holistic approach to sustainability, the Schumacher College, follows the same principles and values, but has a more spiritual approach. 

“Community learning is learning collectively with a collective consciousness and collective ideas, but it’s also about shared tasks, working with one another. We are learning for ourselves, for self-discovery, but this learning is not to have a big status.It’s about serving society, the earth and each other.” 

Founded by Satish Kumar, an exceptional human that gives unconditional love to the world. Schumacher College  follows the principles of ‘head, heart, hands’ in its approach to education. All students are encouraged to be creative and to care for others.

“We are teaching them how to be self-sustaining humans; how to grow food, how to cook, how to live. “We are not just in pursuit of knowledge but also of wisdom,”

The College is world-renowned for its interactive and experiential education on issues related to sustainability and to the development of practical skills and strategic thinking required to face 21st-century challenges. 

It is an  international renowned learning community offering ecology-centred masters, short course and horticulture programmes. In which they welcome leading thinkers, activists and practitioners from all over the globe, to deliver a unique range of group learning experiences.

People from all over the world, from all ages and background, have been formed, inspired and encouraged to act on transformative education for sustainable living. 

And, is the first college we know to be plant-based, vegetarian. They grow almost 50% of the food they eat, the rest is sourced as locally.

If you are interested to be more connected to the earth, as we are nature but we tend to forget! Schumacher College could be the best destination, whether you are looking to take a year, a month or a week, they offer different options that could fit the best for you. So have a look at their website and follow their beautiful journey of transformative education. 

Leaders around the world are reinventing education, these are only a few of the many colleges and school that have shifted into the future of education. 

Little by little we see more masters dedicated to environmental change, conservation, and human rights, sustainable living courses, wellness degrees, and a million of options of online to learn about how to change the world. 

So if you are interested to know about more options or recommendations, don’t hesitate to write us a comment. We love to keep learning.

The future of education is human and green. 

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