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How sustainability inspires the international school community

Nov 3, 2021

Educators Sal Gordon from Green School Bali, and Anthony Copeland from Fairgreen International School, along with student, Aliza Kabani from Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL), contributed experienced and diverse viewpoints around the topic of sustainability in an inspiring discussion at our recent Edruptors Conference.

How sustainability inspires the international school community

Nov 3, 2021 | Good practice

Educators Sal Gordon from Green School Bali, and Anthony Copeland from Fairgreen International School, along with student, Aliza Kabani from Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL), contributed experienced and diverse viewpoints around the topic of sustainability in an inspiring discussion at our recent Edruptors Conference.

If you missed this year’s conference, you can view a short clip of this session on our YouTube channel. It includes key highlights and valuable advice for international schools wishing to develop a schoolwide ethos of sustainability.

How could your school develop sustainability throughout your community? Take a look at some of the key messages from the discussion…

Sal Gordon, Head of Teaching and Learning, shared some of the inspiring practices implemented in Green School Bali, such as the pedagogy the school is using around the anacronym ‘REAL’, “we believe that learning needs to be real, it’s relationship based, experiential, authentic and it’s local”. Sal encouraged schools to focus on “educating not just about sustainability but educating for sustainability”.

Anthony Copeland, Head of Science at Fairgreen International School, also shared some valuable advice for new teachers and schools wanting to implement sustainable practices. He discussed the value to schools of analysing the local environment, local communities, and the local landscape. He emphasised that to make a change it’s important to “get talking and understand the opportunities you have, get innovative and creative”.

International school student, Aliza Kabani discussed her involvement in sustainability projects at SSHL. She drew attention to the benefits she gained from student involvement in real life, problem-based learning related to sustainability, and having a voice in schoolwide sustainable change.

For more thought-provoking and valuable discussions from the conference, look out in the September and forthcoming issues of International School Leader Magazine and on our social media channels. And look out for more insightful discussions at next year’s Edruptors Conference in July 2022.

 

 

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