GREEN SCHOOL, CAMPUS WITHOUT WALLS
Director(s): Carine LEFEBVRE-QUENNELL – Writer(s): Carine LEFEBVRE-QUENNELL Contact Print page
Carine, author/director of this film, visited this alternative school during a family holiday. Her two daughters, aged 10 & 11, were completely stunned by the idea that a school could be fun, could be stimulating, and that you might want to go there every day just to see what would happen next. They set their parents a challenge: drop everything and give them the chance to learn in a completely different way. In July 2015, the family upped sticks and left for Bali for one year...
This film is not just a dream, a vision of some idealised education. They did not go there to live an ecological life as such, but like many parents, wanted to see their children happier, making the assumption that they would learn better and enjoy school more if they were happy.
The challenge in making this film was to raise universally relevant questions about the fundamental nature of education - that affect us all - through this unique and extraordinary school.
Created in 2008 by John & Cynthia Hardy. John, a Canadian, is a very successful business man, a visionary genius, and a committed ecologist. The school exists without any outside institutional funding. Most of the families are Western, only around 10% of the students are Balinese often from the surrounding villages, who receive scholarships to attend. Western families come initially for a year, often with the idea of going back, renewed and refreshed with a newly found desire to learn, and a new philosophy about life to take back to the west.
Click here to read more in this article in the NYT .