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Education and Sustainability

The education sector plays a critical role in creating future adults—whether "change takers" or "makers"—since it is the core contributor to maximizing human resources capabilities. As a result of the global financial crisis, pandemic, and persisting social and environmental problems, various sectors have begun collaborating. These issues are only likely to increase in severity, accompanied by highly accelerated and unpredictable changes. Subsequently, several sectors have come together to search for solutions to these global crises.


Regarding what some might call the "old" education system, it mainly focused on imparting knowledge through books and numbers. Students might be well versed in theoretical aspects of learning but cannot apply what they have learned in the practical world. Most students are comfortable with memorizing and regurgitating knowledge purely for exams; one might consider these graduates as "Change Takers." Educational institutes aim to help mimic the world's environments so students can become well-prepared adults. However, the current educational system will likely be inadequate as theory-based learning is impractical nowadays. New schools aim to incubate students, instilling them with the necessary skills and abilities. This allows them to face the realities of the world with open minds, desired flexibility for creative and critical thinking, and the freedom to question things while experimenting to find new and better solutions.


One example of a modern school that aims to create "Change Makers" is Green School Bali, an international school in Bali, Indonesia. Founded in 2008, the school has the vision to create a new learning approach that fosters human adaptability to coexist with nature and to build a livable and sustainable world. "We have been creating a new model of education outside of the traditional model of education where we know that the world is changing so fast with an increasingly complex challenge for the future," Sal Gordon, the Head of Green School Bali, said in the Bloomberg CEO Forum. Its close-to-nature design and commitment to sustainability set Green School Bali apart. The curriculum aims to encourage students to learn through playing and real-life experiences. In addition to each grade's skill-based classes, students will be taught through a comprehensive learning approach that includes the development of physical, emotional, intellectual, and peer-to-peer relationships. The school integrates association with nature, encouraging family interactions, and building relationships with the local community. In this rapidly changing world, all sectors should take responsibility and accountability for the world's issues, not limited to the public or private sector alone. During this time, the education sector acts as an outset. It is essential to nurture future leaders or change makers who will be critical in sustainable development.

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