The very first Green School in South Africa is set to open its doors in the Western Cape within the next year. The school will be located on eight hectares of land in the Cape Winelands between Paarl and Franschhoek and will align to the South African public school calendar.
Green School South Africa is modelled on the first Green School, established in Bali in 2008. The school is widely known for carbon and water neutral status and the fact that it consumes less energy than it produces.
The campus will be powered by solar-generated electricity with classes being held in vegetable gardens. The water at the school will come from the river and a borehole replenished by rainwater. Administrative buildings and some classrooms will be set on orchards and grain fields.
Green School is a special place that has, over the last decade, proven that a new model of education is not only possible but essential
Green School SA head, Andy Wood said their learning environment will embrace nature and “inspire students to create bonds with their environment and think more expansively about it.”
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According to the school, teaching in nature can enhance learners understanding of maths and chemistry and connect them more deeply with their surroundings.
“Our objective is to build a community of learners focused on making our world more sustainable. The facts about the climate crisis that our planet faces are irrefutable. The hope for the future is in raising a generation of young people who believe that they can make a difference and be agents for positive change.”
Watch Green School South Africa‘s promo video below and visit their website for more information.