The first Green School in South Africa is set to open in the Western Cape next year.
Situated close to Cape Town in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley the school offers a model of education based on the natural environment and connects the school community to the land.
Green School South Africa curriculum
The Green School South Africa curriculum is based on the international Green School curriculum and exceeds the requirements of the South African curriculum. The international curriculum was developed based on the United Kingdom National Curriculum and other highly respected international curricula such as that of New Zealand and Singapore.
While there will be maths and science and literacy, this will be taught through thematic, hands-on projects that have both entrepreneurship and sustainability at the core.
The campus is designed to model sustainability to learners including having its own solar-generated electricity.
Moreover, water for the school will be extracted from the river and the borehole will be replenished by rainwater.
This will see the carbon and water neutral school producing more energy than it consumes.
Green School was founded by John Hardy and first established in Bali in 2008.
The school now has branches in New Zealand and Mexico.
In South Africa, the school will open in January 2021 and caters to pre-school students as well as grades 1-8.