My green school an outline
“My Green School” is the strategy that Bhutan’s Ministry of Education adopted in 2009 when it introduced the nation-wide educational reform initiative called Educating for Gross National Happiness. The reform programme was intended to enrich the educational experience of the learners by addressing the multiple dimensions of their life beyond the intellectual element. The eight cardinal elements of a green school, that constitute the Sherig Mandala, recognise the claim of the natural environment, society, culture, intellect, academics, aesthetics, spirituality, and ethics for a holistic educational experience to support the full flourishing of the learners and of all those involved in the process. Green is a colour but, more importantly, it is a metaphor for anything and everything that supports and sustains life in all its infinite variety. The abiding aim of a Green School Model of education is to achieve a well-integrated, harmonious individual and society, and ultimately help build a better world.
Thakur S Powdyel