GREEN SCHOOL STORIES
Director(s): Carine LEFEBVRE-QUENNELL – Writer(s): Carine LEFEBVRE-QUENNELL Contact Print page
On Bali, there is a ‘green’ school, whose radically different approach to education could inspire change in every school
How the idea to this film was born:
“During a family trip to Indonesia, we visited ‘Green School’, an alternative school, built in the jungle in Bali. We had previously been thinking about a change of life for the family, but never with the idea of something so far from France. Our 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 everyday just to see what would happen next. They set us a challenge; drop everything, go there and give them the chance to learn in a completely different way. In July 2015, we left for Bali for one year, I took my camera and that is how it all started...
The Green School aims to be both the ‘greenest school on earth’ and the ‘school of the future’.
Often in the media spotlight, the school has frequently been filmed, written about, but no-one has ever made a full length documentary. Created in 2008 by John & Cynthia Hardy. John is a Canadian who is at the same time 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 15% 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.
This film is not just a dream, a vision of some idealised education. We did not go there to live an ecological life as such, but like many parents wanted to see our children happier, making the assumption that they would learn better and enjoy school if they were happy.
The challenge of the film is to be able to raise universally relevant questions about the fundamental nature of education, that affect us all, through this unique and extraordinary school.