- To create awareness of current and future environmental challenges, with a focus on a solutions-based approach by studying individuals and organizations who are working towards sustainability and a more conscious way of living.
For environmental education TAGS will look to model the extremely successful Green School in Bali. “We are building Green School to create a new paradigm for learning. We want children to cultivate physical sensibilities that will enable them to adapt and be capable in the world. We want children to develop spiritual awareness and emotional intuition, and to encourage them to be in awe of life’s possibilities.” Founder John Hardy
Green School – is an amazing school, pioneering sustainability within education. It is pushing boundaries in schooling at a time when the world must review whether more of the same is acceptable.
The pupils at TAGS will be involved in an understanding of the web of community in the natural world and of the human influence on that community. As well as an awareness of current and future challenges, students will learn about the amazing individuals and organisations working towards sustainability.
With regard to the Environmental Stewardship Program within TAGS, detailed ‘learning outcomes’ would be restrictive to the philosophy of the program, as the projects are participative, open and evolving and are heavily influenced by pupil design and collaboration. However, the following provides an overview of planned areas of study:
- Food Forests: Planting, growing, cooking and eating food.
- Location of local water sources,
- Active reduction of consumption and waste of all materials,
- Designing and developing new uses for recycled materials.
Additional areas of study for the older students include:
- An understanding of Biomimicry,
- Habitat restoration – animals and humans,
- Sustainable human settlement design,
- Community revitalisation,
- Strengthening local economic systems.
External Connections – Our students will be curious about people who are working in the real world to create programs, films and companies, which will move us towards a more conscious way of living. We will work with those individuals and invite them into our school to give talks and demonstrations. Experiences with the outside world will bring awareness of the amazing projects that are happening both locally and globally.
These connections will often develop into the pupils becoming involved with various organisations such as Peace One Day and Love Thy Nature. The ensuing feeling of usefulness will strengthen the students desire to become an active and contributing citizen, both nationally and throughout the world. This meaningful work brings about a sense of wellbeing for the children and the adults within our community.