If you are interested in alternative education this video will interest you. It’s about six minutes long.
John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.
Here’s some additional information I just received by email from a friend:
Green School, Bali: An international school rooted in holistic education & environmental stewardship
Green School opens on 1 September 2008 for children in Preschool and Kindergarten through Year 8 with students and faculty from Bali and 16 countries around the world. Here in Bali, Indonesia, we are building a new school where Western and Indonesian students can learn together to become more curious and more passionate about their education and our planet.
Green School’s beautiful eight-hectare, environmentally sustainable campus in Sibang Kaja is bisected by the Ayung River, on whose western bank are the School’s classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and kitchens. Aquaculture ponds, organic vegetable gardens, edible mazes, and permacultural gardens are interspersed throughout the vast campus, which is built entirely of low-impact and environmentally conscious materials such as bamboo, alang-alang grass, and traditional Balinese mud walls.
For energy supplies, we are experimenting with micro-hydro power generation as well as producing methane from cow manure to fuel stoves and developing a gasification unit that will use rice husks and other organic materials to produce electricity.
Green School’s curriculum combines demanding academic content taught through a holistic approach that aims to inspire and enhance all of a child’s capacities. The School’s Learning Village, for example, gives students a chance to apply lessons to specific disciplines and real business situations, making abstract ideas come to practical life. Students are involved in everything from manufacturing their own chocolate to helping manage the organic fields, bamboo plantations, and rice paddies that are integral to the campus.
We are inviting you to get involved. Write a story about Green School, help sponsor a local child, or let others know about this vision for education that can make a real difference in the world. We appreciate each and every member of our extended community who share these beliefs and want to help leave the world a better place.
Visit our website www.greenschool.org for more information on who we are and what we have to offer.
Contact: Meliana Salim Marketing & Public Relations Manager email@example.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLjQVrhMf3Y&NR=1 School design
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWaIUx3L3ZU&NR=1 Green School – Planting bamboo
http://www.slideshare.net/johnbali/green-school-bali-78-class-what-we-know-building-a-bamboo-clubhouse Kids building a clubhouse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlSJ7URvnLk&NR=1 Press release from people who started the school
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZWbv21Vfrk&feature=related Bamboo and sustainable advertising
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvGFEmyo8pY&NR=1 John & Cynthia Hardy – their very unusual eco-home in Bali