A GLOBAL NETWORK OF GREEN EDUCATORS
What spawned the Green Educator Course in ¹ú²úAV Bali?
¹ú²úAVÂ has been educating for sustainability since 2008. Along the way, it has attracted hundreds of educators from around the world to learn the ¹ú²úAV Way.
âWe receive many inquiries every single day from educators around the world who want to learn more about our school,â said Sanne van Oort, Green Educator Course manager. âWe hear from the US to Latin America, from Europe to Asia, from South Africa to Australia. So, we decided we need to initiate a program that allows us to share our journey in integrating sustainability into our learning program and how we develop our own holistic and child-centred curriculum. Hence, theÂ , a professional development program for educators was born in 2013.â
Five years running now, ¹ú²úAV has hosted 19 Green Educator Courses with 536 participants from 51 countries.Â It has built a global network of inspired and like-minded educators.
Now, we run the course six times a year, which comprises five international courses and one course in Bahasa Indonesia specifically designed for Indonesian teachers.
What have Green Educator Course Alumni said about the program?
âMost stimulating, heartening, and purifying experience, one that echoes with Balinese culture. The Green Educator Course was conducted with heartfelt care and gentleness, down to every single detail.Â The staff was full of humility, openness, and passion for life. In those five days, I lived the secret of ¹ú²úAV.â
Annie (Green Educator Course Alumna from Hong Kong)
âIn Feb 2018, I had the pleasure of joining a group of passionate educators from around the world in ¹ú²úAVâs Green Educator Course. Not only did I get the chance to spend a week on the ¹ú²úAV campus and learn about the amazing approach to holistic education for sustainability, butÂ I also had an amazing opportunity to meet with people from all around the world, including South Africa, Madagascar, Dubai, Canada, USA, Brazil, Chile, Korea, Taiwan, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and, of course, Indonesia. This experience has opened my mind to a range of new challenges and possibilities which I hadnât fully considered before, though to be honest, Iâm still processing the experience. Thank you, ¹ú²úAV.
Robert Hewat, Green Educator Course Alumnus from Australia
âItâs nearly a year since I joined the Green Educator Course and I missed ¹ú²úAV every day. I have applied 90% of the course takeaways into Alam Riang Library, a library project that provided alternative literature for children in Jombang, East Java. Now, I am onto the next step to expand the library through a national competition.Â I wish I could come back and join the Green Educator Course again to obtain even more knowledge and inspirations.Â Thank you ¹ú²úAV Bali.â
– Wiwik, Green Educator Course Alumna from Indonesia
How is the Green Educator Course different from other teacher training?
The five-day professional development programme is unlike any other teacher training.
±õ³ÙÌýequipsÂ participants with a new toolbox of innovative teaching strategies and resources.
±õ³ÙÌýsharesÂ multiple views of education from the involved participants.
±õ³ÙÌýengagesÂ with a global and local network of educators who are committed to student-centred, holistic Education for Sustainability.
±õ³ÙÌýnetworksÂ teachers and community members for sustained support and idea-sharing.
±õ³ÙÌýcreatesÂ an inspiring environment to collaborate on unique projects, programmes, teaching strategies, and resources.
In 2017 and 2018, the Green Educator Course was named one ofÂ Â across the world by global education non-profit HundrED.
What is the focus of the Green Educator Course?
The Green Educator Course focuses on various aspects of learning. It has a holistic approach that incorporates ¹ú²úAVâs iRESPECT (Integrity, Responsibility, Empathy, Sustainability, Peace, Equity, Community, Trust) values. The pedagogy focuses not only on âwhat students learnâ but also on âhow they learnâ. ¹ú²úAV learning is thematic, for example, a waste thematic may include setting up a recycling centre and strategizing how to get schools to use it. The program also provides strategies to map individual eco-footprints and expand awareness of own behaviours.
¹ú²úAV is a Project-Based Learning school, where student-centred pedagogy allows students to learn through experience. Education for Sustainability will replace Ecophobia (fear of ecological problems) with Ecophilia (love for nature).
Ultimately, the program will encourage educators to learn about the sustainability compass and its four elements: Nature, Economy, Society and Wellness and how to integrate them into the learning process.
Learn more about theÂ Â and join our global network of green educators today!