Green School Holds Green Educator Course

Green School Holds Green Educator Course

Green School, a private non-profit school in Bali, once again organized a Green Educator Course (GEC). It is for the first time held in Bahasa Indonesia taking place on October 16-20, 2017. “The program aims to facilitate Indonesian teachers to teach environmentally-based education to young people through innovative teaching strategies. This can be implemented both

Green School, a private non-profit school in Bali, once again organized a Green Educator Course (GEC). It is for the first time held in Bahasa Indonesia taking place on October 16-20, 2017. “The program aims to facilitate Indonesian teachers to teach environmentally-based education to young people through innovative teaching strategies. This can be implemented both inside and outside classroom,” said President of Green School Bali, Tirka Widanti.

Tirka Widanti who is also Chairperson of the Kulkul Foundation said the current GEC features the theme ‘Inculcating the concept of Environmental Sustainability in Teaching and Learning Process.’ Through this theme, GEC invites Indonesian teachers and environmentalists to take part in a one-week training program with the Green School community in Bali. Green School has been holding GEC since 2013 with hundreds of participants from twenty countries, including America, Australia, the Netherlands, Japan, China and Cambodia.

GEC in Bahasa Indonesia, explained Tirka Widanti, has some uniqueness. Firstly, it is in line with the government of Indonesia having integrated thematic concept in the Indonesian education curriculum since 2013. The program also focuses on strategies to integrate different subjects into a theme. “Participants will learn a variety of pedagogies to involve students as well as embed the concept of environmental sustainability in classroom,” she explained.

Secondly, GEC participants have the opportunity to hear firsthand the history and process of establishing an environmentally-based Green School curriculum from speakers with the expertise and experience in designing the Green School curriculum.

Thirdly, the Green Educator Course collaborates with several social enterprises in Green School, such as: (1) KemBali (http://www.greenschool.org/weekly-newsletter/mar-28-2014/KemBali#.Wc37Vo9L_IU), the center for waste processing at Green School that also educates about waste management to local schools in Bali; and (2) Bio Bus (https://www.gsbiobus.org/), a social enterprise initiated by Green School students that collects and processes waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel for school buses, where the final waste can still be processed into soap. Thus, the whole process becomes waste-free (zero waste).

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Fourthly, the participants are also involved in outdoor activities such as Trash Walk with Green School founder John Hardy and Balinese cultural activities integrated in the Green School environment named mepantigan martial arts accompanied with music and dance in the Green School mud pond.

For more information, please visit the Green Educator Course website at the following address: http://events.greenschool.org/educatorcourse/ or contact Sanne van Oort, Green Educator Course Coordinator, Green School Bali, sanne.vanoort@greenschool.org. (BTN/015)



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