By Dian Hasan | August 25, 2009
For centuries people across the the world’s sunbelt, and other tropical areas, have been living, breathing, eating bamboo. Bamboo was the source of choice for building materials, food, arts & crafts, and a host of numerous other usage. In short, Bamboo was man’s best friend. Such is Asia’s gift to the world. And while in the past Asians didn’t give much thought to the ubiquitous Bamboo, the world today is a very different place. Bamboo has been recognized as the best sustainable natural material. The fast growing grass – often mistaken for wood – is now re-appearing in our modern lives (including outside Asia) – found everywhere from luxurious fabrics, utensils, modern furniture, to cool iPod casings, and really ground-breaking Schools. Take a look at Green School in Ubud, Bali.
Here’s a look at one fine example of Green School in Bali, Indonesia. An environmental project carried out with plenty of relentless passion for the earth, armed with a good dose of mullah, as we all know all too well, that green buildings don’t come cheap (for now), but they are the better choice in the longer run. Behold the amazing sights of the amazingly flexible and durable Bamboo!
Green School opened in 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 orther 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.